Saturday, March 27, 2010

Papal Scalps

The NY Times is hunting for a papal scalp. They want a trophy on their wall in the form of Pope Benedict and so they are throwing everything they can at him. Accusations that don't make sense, non-impartial tirades, and historical inaccuracies. You need information that ABC, CNN, and the NY Times won't give you because they don't want you to have it.

Damien Thompson, London Journalist for the Daily Telegraph in London has two articles worth reading. The first is in regard to accusations against Pope Benedict as complacent against a Wisconsin priest's abuse. Mr. Thompson raises doubts about the NY Times and other's motives:
I do, however, get the very strong feeling that the Pope’s enemies, including his enemies in the Church, are trying desperately hard to discover serious complicity on his part in a child abuse case. Because that would be just so convenient, wouldn’t it?
Read it all here.

He also makes available the statement of Archbishop Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, explaining how Pope Benedict has been of the greatest help in the past 20 years:
What of the role of Pope Benedict? When he was in charge of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith he led important changes made in church law: the inclusion in canon law of internet offences against children, the extension of child abuse offences to include the sexual abuse of all under 18, the case by case waiving of the statue of limitation and the establishment of a fast-track dismissal from the clerical state for offenders. He is not an idle observer. His actions speak as well as his words.
Again, read it in full to arm yourself for battle.

Carl Olson, who writes for Ignatius Press, draws on some of the above sources and adds his own thoughts and a spiritual posture of how to embrace this fight:
As Mark rightly states, "Judgment begins in the household of God. Woe to you when all men speak well of you." Sin within the household of God must continually be confronted, identified, condemned. This has been a deadly serious challenge throughout the history of the Church. Note carefully the words of St. Paul, writing to the Christians in Corinth: "Come to your right mind, and sin no more. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame." (1 Cor. 15:34). And to Titus: "As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear" (Tit. 5:20). And St. James wrote, "Whoever knows what is right to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin" (Jam. 4:17). And the Apostle John, in his first epistle, declared, "If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us" (1 Jn. 1:8).
I prayed Mass at 9am and prayed for Pope Benedict to endure this continued onslaught with grace and serenity. I prayed that Fr. Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, can keep up with modern media demands. I prayed that all Catholics will remain united around Jesus Christ through our Pope Benedict. In the week to come I will pray an extra Divine Mercy Chaplet every day for the benefit of Pope Benedict and in reparation for sins within the Church. I ask you to do something similar.

Christ became obedient for us, unto death, even to death on a cross. Because of this God exalted him and bestowed on him the name of above every other name.

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