From Democracy Now - Feb 28: 2013
- As Pope Benedict XVI steps down today, we turn to a former Catholic
priest who was silenced and expelled by the Pope, then Cardinal
Ratzinger, in the 1980s. Matthew Fox chronicles his story in the book,
"The Pope's War: Why Ratzinger's Secret Crusade Has Imperiled the Church
and How It Can Be Saved." Pope Benedict's tenure was marked by several
scandals -- most notably his handling of the widening sexual abuse
scandals in the Catholic Church, including allegations that he ignored
at least one case of abuse while serving as a cardinal. Documents show
that in 1985, he delayed efforts to defrock a priest convicted of
molesting children. "I will take the Pope at his word here when he says
he is tired. I would also be tired, too, if I had left as much
devastation in my wake as he has," Fox says. "I think that the Catholic
Church as we know it, the structure of the Vatican, is passé. We are
moving beyond it, it has become a viper's nest. It is really sick what
is going on -- obviously to cover up the pedophile priests."
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