Former Pope, Benedict, in spotlight for allegedly turning a blind eye to case of priest accused of sexually abusing minors

Former Pope, Benedict, in spotlight for allegedly turning a blind eye to case of priest accused of sexually abusing minors

Opinion, Rosie Dimanno

2022-01-22 2:57:00 AM

Former Pope, Benedict, in spotlight for allegedly turning a blind eye to case of priest accused of sexually abusing minors

There can be no sanctifying grace for anyone who looked away from the dreadful harm caused by sexual abusers wearing a priest’s collar, writes Rosie DiManno.

Pope Benedict XVI, frail and reclusive, may never see the inside of a courtroom, civil or criminal, but one day he’ll have to answer to the Creator he believes in, pray God!He sits accused by a searing church-commissioned German investigation Thursday of “wrongdoing” in his handling of sexual abuse cases during his time running the Munich archdiocese, when he was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, and eventually head of the all-powerful Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Shame has been an endless theme for the Church and apologia for misdeeds a recurring posture, however sincerely expressed. In a statement that didn’t directly mention Benedict, the Vatican on Thursday said it would evaluate the report and examine the details.

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