On the back of revelations of his complicity in keeping under wraps the pederasty that permeates his Church, people have been saying Pope Ratzinger should resign. Richard Dawkins has some advice for the Pope.
No, Pope Ratzinger should not resign. He should remain in charge of the whole rotten edifice - the whole profiteering, woman-fearing, guilt-gorging, truth-hating, child-raping institution - while it tumbles, amid a stench of incense and a rain of tourist-kitsch sacred hearts and preposterously crowned virgins, about his ears.”
And did you catch the Pope’s appointed apologist, Bishop Patrick Dunn, writing in yesterday’s Herald in defence of his boss. It’s so carefully worded it’s pathetic. Here’s the core denial:
It is mistakenly claimed that in a letter written to bishops by Cardinal Ratzinger in 2001 regarding complaints of paedophilia by priests, he required that they be treated with total secrecy and that the police were not to be informed, under penalty of excommunication.
“In fact, he made no reference to excommunication.”
Forgive the irony, Mr Dunn, but a child could see through that cheap ruse.