The Great Catholic Cover-Up

Came across this great Christopher Hitchens article on how, as he puts it, ‘The pope’s entire career has the stench of evil about it.’ I had never thought of it before but he does accurately point out that once the scope and magnitude of child abuse and coverup was becoming widely known ”it became in a sense inevitable when the College of Cardinals elected, as the vicar of Christ on Earth, the man chiefly responsible for the original cover-up.’

And how vigorous his German holiness was in ensuring secrecy. Ratzinger made it a crime to even report child abuse with the strongest possible punishment within the church (excommunication). The church law even came complete with its own statute of limitations of ten years.This runs from the day the victim turns 18, so:

Daniel Shea, the attorney for two victims who sued Ratzinger and a church in Texas, correctly describes that latter stipulation as an obstruction of justice. “You can’t investigate a case if you never find out about it. If you can manage to keep it secret for 18 years plus 10, the priest will get away with it.”

Most notably Hitchens points out

Nobody has yet been excommunicated for the rape and torture of children, but exposing the offense could get you into serious trouble. And this is the church that warns us against moral relativism!

The entire article is worth reading. Here.


8 thoughts on “The Great Catholic Cover-Up

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  1. Love the Hitch. BTW, his book god is not Great does not capitalize the ‘g’ in god because, Hitch argues, it is not a proper noun!

    Yes, the RC Church is infested from the top down by criminals but none so powerful as Pope Palpatine who wrote the rules followed by the now vilified bishops in Canada, Ireland, the US, Germany, France, Australia, Holland, and so on. Only these criminals could think themselves justified excommunicating a nine year old girl carrying life-threatening twins as a result of her father’s rape and the nurses and doctors who performed the life saving abortion. In contrast, let us remember that not even Hitler received such condemnation from the Church. What a despicable institution run by old virginal men in dresses and funny hats. Tim Minchin captures my opinion very well:


  2. Apologies, it was a quick skim and comment without regard to thought, courtesy of a monotonous Spanish class held under a watchful eye, in turn lending me casually erroneous words.

    Could you elaborate a bit on this case of the child, or provide a search directive for it? This is the first I’d heard of it. Thanks.

    Jonathan L.


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