Comedians couldn't write this better.
"For decades, the nuns did the bidding of the priests, cleaned up their messes, and watched as their male superiors let a perverted stain spread over the entire church, a stain that has now even reached the Holy See. It seemed that the nuns were strangely silent, either because they suspected but had no proof — the “Doubt” syndrome — or because they had no one to tell but male bosses protecting one another in that repugnant and hypocritical old-boys’ network.
"Their goodness was rewarded with a stunning slap from the über-conservative Pope Benedict XVI. The Vatican is conducting two inquisitions into the 'quality of life' of American nuns, trying to knock any independence or modernity out of them."
Maureen Dowd in the Sunday March 21, 2010, NY Times:
From AUSTRALIA The Age
Church has lost moral authority
MADELEINE BUNTING March 22, 2010
MADELEINE BUNTING March 22, 2010THERE is only one conceivable reaction to the fast-spreading crisis in the Catholic Church: horror. After decades of obfuscation, the church has to be called to account for what has happened...
ME: Especially when they can't stop spinning sideways to distract the news frmo the truth, and not getting away with it:
Pope Offers Apology, Not Penalty, for Sex Abuse Scandal
New York Times
By RACHEL DONADIO and ALAN COWELL VATICAN CITY — Confronting a sex abuse scandal spreading across Europe, Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday apologized directly ... Last week, a psychiatrist who treated a priest decades ago in a German archdiocese run by the future pope said he had repeatedly warned that the priest, who was accused of sexually abusing boys, should never work with children again. The priest was re-assigned to parish work almost immediately after his therapy began, and one of Benedict’s deputies at the time has taken responsibility for that decision. Less than five years later, the priest was accused of molesting other boys, and in 1986 was convicted of sexual abuse.