Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Pope Benedict’s Christmas Message

This takes some serious chutzpah:

Pope Benedict led the world’s 1.1 billion Roman Catholics into Christmas at a midnight mass Thursday in which he appealed for an end to child abuse in all its forms…

Benedict, celebrating the fourth Christmas of his pontificate, spoke out against the abuse of minors — ranging from parents who abandon their children to armed groups that recruit child soldiers…

Benedict said Catholics had to “do everything in our power to put an end to the suffering of these children.”


Well gosh, here’s an idea Bennie: stop harboring pedophile priests and those who enabled them. Cardinal Law, who was an accomplice after the fact who harbored multiple felons and moved them from church to church so they could abuse more children, holds a number of positions of authority in Rome after being forced to resign from the Boston diocese for helping cover up the crimes of Paul Shanley, Robert Gale and John Geoghan.

You really want to pledge to do everything you can to end child abuse? Turn Law over to the police. Anyone in any other position of authority who did what he did – school administrator, physician, social worker, psychologist, etc – would be in prison for it. But because this man has an ecclesiastical title, he’s off the hook. Instead of turning him over to the police, the church made him a member of the Pontifical Council for the Family. That’s just plain sick.