THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: New evidence seems to suggest there was sex abuse cover up at the Vatican after all, but as it looks right now, it appears to be localized to a certain office. The highest prelate implicated is none other than Cardinal Dario Castrillón Hoyos. This is what the evidence appears to suggest anyway. Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) was not involved, and appears to be the one who took corrective measures to fix the problem AFTER the cover up was revealed.
Internal conflict within the Vatican is believed to be the source of many problems that have developed in the Catholic Church over the last thirty years. Ratzinger was known to be at odds with more than a few prelates over how the Vatican handled various issues including sexual abuse. At times he was vocal about this, and used all of the limited power at his disposal to effect change and counter his opponents in the Vatican. For this he earned the epitaph of "God's Rottweiler." Ironically, the man the mainstream news media has now focused it's most fierce criticism on, Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI), was the one prelate in the Vatican doing the most to fight sex abuse cover up and reform the system....
(NC Register) - Late Thursday evening Rome time, the Vatican released a statement in response to media reports in France about a September 2001 letter from Colombian Cardinal Dario Castrillón Hoyos, at the time the prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for Clergy, congratulating a French bishop for not reporting an abuser priest to the police....The revelation concerns a letter of support, allegedly written by Cardinal Hoyos, in which the cardinal praised a French bishop for failing to report a sexually abusive priest to the authorities. The incident happened a few years prior, while Hoyos was overseeing the discipline of clergy, including those accused of sexual abuse.
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While the letter itself carried no canonical authority or instruction it does give insight into the attitude of this high ranking Vatican prelate towards reporting sexual abuse to civil authorities. Since Hoyos was in charge of clerical discipline for the whole Church, we can begin to see where some bishops would get the idea that they ought not report abuse. Apparently, this was an attitude not shared by Cardinal Ratzinger, prefect of the CDF, who's congregation encouraged bishops to report abuse to authorities immediately. At the time, however, Ratzinger and Hoyos had approximately equal ranking in the Vatican, and it could be argued that in some ways Hoyos had even more pull than Ratzinger under the pontificate of John Paul II.
The letter was dated just months after Pope John Paul II changed Church law to allow Ratzinger more control over such cases. After learning about Hoyos' letter we can begin to understand why the late pope made this change.
It would appear the truth is finally starting to be revealed, but don't expect the mainstream news media to pick up on it. This is one story I'm sure they will do everything they can to avoid. Why? Because it exposes the truth about what really happened and exonerates Pope Benedict XVI. That, according to the yellow journalism of the mainstream news media, will just never do. If the news of this event reaches a crescendo, and the media is forced to report it, then they will spin it, telling only half the story you'll find here, to maintain their fierce criticism of the pope. It's yet one more reason why people are turning to Internet blogs (like this one) for news that doesn't fit the anti-Catholic politically correct template.