Why is Ratso "deeply ashamed" of clergy sex abuse?
"In 2001, while he was a cardinal, he issued a secret Vatican edict to Catholic bishops all over the world, instructing them to put the Church's interests ahead of child safety.
The document recommended that rather than reporting sexual abuse to the relevant legal authorities, bishops should encourage the victim, witnesses and perpetrator not to talk about it. And, to keep victims quiet, it threatened that if they repeat the allegations they would be excommunicated."
I've read that the rationale behind this edict was merely to encourage people to come forward and speak freely without fear of reprisal or publicity, an excuse which would possibly hold more holy water if it weren't for the fact that :
"priests accused of child abuse are generally not struck off or arrested but simply moved to another parish, often to reoffend. It gives examples of hush funds being used to silence the victims."
So he was for it before he was against it but hasn't said word one about it since so no, not #1
Is it #2) "Pedophilia is "absolutely incompatible" with the priesthood," Benedict said.
Nope, because pedophilia is a regular ongoing historical feature of the priesthood, mate :
"Book of Gomorrah, an 11th-century tract written by St Peter Damian which, while condemning all forms of "immoral" sexual behaviour, holds priests who defile boys in special contempt. Such clerical offenders should not only be publicly flogged but also, writes St Peter, their tonsures should be "shorn" and their faces "foully besmeared with spit". Next, he recommends six months of imprisonment and fasting, followed by a further six months of prayer in solitary confinement. Even after their release, St Peter writes, offenders should never again be allowed to "associate with youths in private conversation or in counselling them"."
Catholic apologists fed up with being blagged with the Spanish Inquisition because "it was a long time ago" take note : Nothing in there anywhere about moving them to the parish next door.
or #3) "There were 691 new accusations in 2007 alone, according to an annual report from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The U.S. church has paid out $2 billion in abuse costs since 1950, most of that in just the last six years."