The Smoking Rosary

In order to protect itself from criminal and civil liability for knowingly harming children or failing to act to protect them by removing the threat posed by ordained pedophiles, the Roman Catholic Church destroyed evidence or did not document known criminal activity by its priests and bishops.

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This is not my hunch.  This is not the opinion of some aggrieved party with an axe to grind.  This is not sour-grapes from some victim-survivor who failed in his or her attempt to hold the Church accountable because the evidence wasn’t there.

This is an admission from the cardinal archbishop of Munich and Freising in Germany, which is, ironically, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s old archdiocese where he ascended almost overnight from an extremely liberal peritus or “theological consultant” to Cardinal Frings of Cologne during Vatican II to become the ultra-conservative head of the Vatican dicastery for investigating clergy accused of the sexual abuse of children (the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith).  Making this astonishing but not altogether surprising admission of an orchestrated coverup is the head of the German bishops' conference and member of Pope Francis' advisory Council of Cardinals — Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who said:

Files that could have documented the terrible deeds and named those responsible were destroyed, or not even created. … Instead of the perpetrators, the victims were regulated and silence imposed on them. The stipulated procedures and processes for the prosecution of offenses were deliberately not complied with, but instead cancelled or overridden.

Cardinal Marx made this extraordinary revelation to the 190 cardinals, bishops, and heads of religious orders taking part in Pope Francis' four-day clergy abuse summit today, Feb. 23rd, in Vatican City, telling those in attendance that this led "in no small measure" to more children being harmed; it has now come to light that more than 2,000 “credible” cases of sexual abuse by priests have been reported to the Vatican since the accession of Pope Francis to the papacy in 2013 — the same Pope Francis who pledged “zero tolerance” for clergy accused of sexual abuse, the same Pope Francis who initially defended and then was forced by the facts to withdraw his support of a Chilean bishop accused of covering up sexual abuse by a priest in that country, the same Pope Francis who has convened a meeting to address a global problem and invited the very people who have enabled, perpetuated, and colluded to hide that global problem.

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Cardinal Marx's admission is peculiarly significant following an exhaustive September 2018 report on sexual abuse by priests in Germany which detailed cases involving 3,677 children; that report indicated files in at least two German dioceses had been changed or destroyed.  And of course, the German report followed the report out of Pennsylvania in the United States a month earlier which detailed the absolutely horrific sexual abuse of 1,000 underage victims by 330 priests in six of that state’s dioceses after a grand jury reviewed seven decades' worth of subpoenaed clergy personnel files and other Church records.

One has to wonder, thoughtful reader, if there aren’t more cases we simply do not know about because the Church conspired to destroy any record of them.

I think it is high time that all Catholics take a good, hard, long look at the Catholic Church and ask themselves if it reflects their values.

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