National Herald Editorial: See of St. Peter rocked by scandal

Date Published: 04/03/2010

The Roman Catholic Church has been shaken to its foundations as a result of the sexual scandals that have most recently come tolight. The mighty Vatican is attempting in vain to limit the coverage and the accompanying damage to its reputation and the reputation of the Pope.

Lately, they have resorted to the old and tested trick of diverting discussion from the substantial and real to the imaginary. That is, in order to gain sympathy and time, they have been making references to a vast conspiracy attempting to destroy the Church and the Pope. However, the only thing that they manage to achieve through these tactics is to increase the level of suspicion and the mistrust of the people.

The way they handle these crimes is always the same: they try not to deal with them for as long as possible, but when they are forced to deal with them by events beyond their control, they take the absolute minimum measures. This is another instance where the role of the media in exposing wrongdoing is so important.

In this particular case, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger – the
present day Pope Benedict – ignored repeated accusations against Lawrence Murphy, that he sexually abused 200 deaf boys that were under his supervision. Finally, and only after the death of Murphy, the Roman Church defrocked him.

This is a big story whose repercussions might be of a historic
nature. So stay tuned.

What we also want to point out, however, are the similarities,
even if the scales and some other elements are not the same, between the Roman Church’s scandals and our own Archdiocese’s infamous Nicholas Katinas sexual abuse case.

Crimes perpetrated against children are never forgotten. They
just remain dormant for a while and then come out of their caves looking for answers in the light of day.

By the way, does the Community not deserve to know about
the terms of the settlements between the Archdiocese and the victims of Katinas?