A falibilidade do Papa infalível
“Pedophilia in Catholic Church”
Segundo o New York Times, – que relata arquivos da Igreja recém divulgados como parte de uma acção judicial – altos dignitários do Vaticano, incluindo o futuro Papa Bento XVI, decidiram não excomungar um padre que molestou cerca de 200 rapazes surdos, apesar de vários bispos americanos terem repetidamente advertido que não actuar sobre o assunto poderia prejudicar a Igreja. Em 1996, a Congregação para a Doutrina da Fé, que Joseph Ratzinger então dirigia, decidiu não punir o Padre Lawrence Murphy.
As alegações que Bento XVI pode ter tido conhecimento detalhado sobre casos de abuso sexual na Igreja Católica, continuam a aumentar. Peter Wensierski, na Der Spiegel, escreve que com a autoridade de Bento XVI está profundamente abalada e que talvez seja altura de Joseph Ratzinger resignar:
[H]ow much authority does Pope Benedict XVI still enjoy?
These days, what is left is disappearing almost daily. Each new detail about the role he played in his church’s handling of instances of sexual abuse erodes it further. But a pope doesn’t just resign. He is not the CEO of a company, not the head of a political party — he is the direct spiritual descendent of the Apostle Peter.
It is, in theory, possible according to church law. […]
It seems doubtful that this explanation will reduce the pressure on the pope. The Church’s motto has long seemed to be “the perpetrators first.” They were taken good care of — the victims, however, were left to their own devices.
Since 1982, Ratzinger had been responsible for that part of the Vatican which deals with cases of sexual abuse. Who, other than he, was responsible for the Church’s path? […]
Even loyal Catholics have been stunned by the course of action he has taken. And now, on top of all that — one area where he has been consistent over the decades has been in his negligence in dealing with pedophiles within his own institution. […]
Evil has been perpetrated inside one of the highest moral authorities, one whose men have preached from the pulpit in the finest detail about what is right and what is wrong.
But the question begs asking: What moral authority remains upon which priests and bishops in Germany can draw to continue executing their offices and provide people with answers to life’s difficult questions?