Which religion really has all the gelt?
Pope Benedict XVI’s personal preacher on Friday likened accusations against the pope and the Catholic church in the sex abuse scandal to “collective violence” suffered by the Jews.
The Rev. Raniero Cantalamessa said in a Good Friday homily with the pope listening in St. Peter’s Basilica that a Jewish friend wrote to him to say the accusations remind him of the “more shameful aspects of anti-Semitism…”
That is an amazing copout – comparing assaults by bigots upon a pariah nation – to a religious administration providing safe haven for pederasts.
Thousands of Holy Week pilgrims were in St. Peter’s Square as the church defends itself against accusations that Benedict had a role in covering up sex abuses cases.
The “coincidence” that Passover falls in the same week as Easter celebrations, said Cantalamessa, a Franciscan who offers reflections at Vatican Easter and Advent services, prompted him to think about Jews…
In the sermon, he referred to the sexual abuse of children by clergy, saying “unfortunately, not a few elements of the clergy are stained” by the violence.” But Cantalamessa said he didn’t want to dwell on the abuse of children, saying “there is sufficient talk outside of here.”
Crimes uncovered, admitted after decades of cover-up, should not only be discussed; but, those responsible for shielding and protecting criminals bear a shared responsibility for what was done to innocent children.
Comparing these protectors to the victims of centuries of bigotry and violence is just another part of denial. Especially coming from the church that participated wholeheartedly in that bigotry.