The mainstream media and even some conservative sites such as Lucianne are spreading defamatory statements that are misleading and false about Pope Benedict XVI.
What started this brouhaha?
Richard Owen of the newspaper site called the Times of London.
The headline reads “Pope knew priest was paedophile but allowed him to continue with ministry“.
The article then states otherwise, but if Richard Owen didn’t write the headline to his story, he should request it to be changed immediately. It is apparent that someone at the Times hates the Church and is pushing their anti-Catholic agenda with this misleading headline.
It doesn’t help that a self-identified expert on Catholicism, blogger Ruth Gledhill, adds insult to injury with an off-base column blasting of the hierarchy and structure of Holy Mother Church:
The Pope is pretty unassailable. He is not elected, he is a monarch, and the centralisation that has taken place under the last two Popes has cemented that power. Pope Benedict XVI has also indicated in his three encyclicals the depths of his own integrity and intellectual rigour.
How much knowledge on the Catholic Church does one need to be called an “expert” on it? How to spell ‘Catholic’?
One of the leading Catholic journalists in England, Damian Thompson of London’s Daily Telegraph, calls Ruth Gledhill out that the pope is elected in a conclave and as Archbishop he never reassigned the said homosexual priest.
On this side of the Pond the fine Catholic journalist Phil Lawler breaks down the great error in reporting done by Richard Owen and others that try to implicate the pope in Germany’s homosexual pedophile scandal. He also points out the many fallacies in their reporting reinforcing what others have already said in defense of the pope.
This line of thinking is even infecting conservatives as well as liberals.
At the conservative site Lucianne, conservatives have come out already judging and condemning Pope Benedict XVI (see the comment below outlined in red):
‘Disgusting… we all knew this would go all the way to the top
That hateful comment was made by ‘dorsalfin’, and there are many more.
Lucianne has closed down the thread, but somehow some conservatives are still allowed to spout their hate in the alleged ‘closed’ thread.
To Lucianne’s defense the L-staff “permits headlines that are as written in news publications. We do not write them ourselves.”
The Vatican has already stated as much. Monsignor Charles Scicluna, contended that the future pope dealt firmly with the abuse:
…”To accuse the current pope of hiding (cases) is false and defamatory”…
The top American Catholic blogger, Father John Zuhlsdorf, added that the mainstream media has begun a suspicious line of attack on Pope Benedict being somehow responsible for the homosexual pedophile scandal in Germany with headlines that read:
- “ever closer to Benedict”
- “already come close to the pope”
- “particularly close to the pope himself”
I join him in calling to arms like Swiss Guards in combating this growing prejudice against our beloved German shepherd.
Let us pray for our Pope:
V. Oremus pro Pontifice nostro Benedicto.
R. Dominus conservet eum, et vivificet eum, et beatum faciat
eum in terra, et non tradat eum in animam inimicorum eius.
Pater Noster…, Ave Maria….
Deus, omnium fidelium pastor et rector, famulum tuum
Benedictum, quem pastorem Ecclesiae tuae praeesse voluisti,
propitius respice: da ei, quaesumus, verbo et exemplo,
quibus praeest, proficere: ut ad vitam, una cum grege sibi
credito, perveniat sempiternam. Per Christum, Dominum
V. Let us pray for Benedict, our Pope.
R. May the Lord preserve him, and give him life, and make
him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the
will of his enemies. [Ps 40:3]
Our Father, Hail Mary.
O God, Shepherd and Ruler of all Thy faithful people, look
mercifully upon Thy servant Benedict, whom Thou hast chosen
as shepherd to preside over Thy Church. Grant him, we
beseech Thee, that by his word and example, he may edify
those over whom he hath charge, so that together with the
flock committed to him, may he attain everlasting life.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer from Father Zuhlsdorf.
Update I: Lucianne has edited out the link entirely. Kudos to the L-staff and Miss G.
Update II: Lucianne has banned me for pointing out the anti-Catholic attacks on their thread and their response to the issue. Talk about swatting a fly with a anvil. That was one of my three favorite secular websites I visited to. No one’s perfect.
Update III: In fairness to the Lucianne editorial board, they did eliminate that contentious posting after it degenerated into an anti-Catholic forum. Miss Lucianne Goldberg should be given credit for that response.