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Papacy’s apathy to sexually molested children by its own priests and the shameless attempt to shelter these priests from justice has roused sharp criticism and animosity directed at the church. This unfavorable attention is now being focused on the Pope, the ruler of the Catholic Church. According to a 1985 letter bearing the Pope’s signature and obtained by The Associated Press, the future Pope Benedict XVI resisted pleas to defrock a California priest with a record of sexually molesting children, citing concerns including "the good of the universal church,"
Clearly, if these criminal perverts were not priests but the usual pedophiles, this crime would be outrageous enough. However, these child abusers have had ready access to these poor innocent children under the guise and authority of their position as "men of God". This only adds to the heinousness of their crimes and the crimes of their superiors who rather "protect the Church" instead of protecting their innocent laity; these children who were terribly abused.
It makes one shudder to think of the pending retribution that will come upon the hierarchy of the Catholic Church who have sinned against the innocent and have blasphemed the character of our righteous God. How can the covering up of these reprehensible crimes be “for the good of the universal church”? Can the Pope rationalize any good coming from protecting criminals disguised as priests? To try and make any sense of Papacy’s actions one has to go back in history to uncover the underlying beliefs that motivate her behavior today. Two beliefs in particular, church infallibility and papal supremacy are central in the ongoing dilemma.
Church infallibility was one of the first erroneous beliefs that paved the way to other errors. It was claimed before the office of Pope was acknowledged. It has been a most serious error, and has barred the way against the rectifying of errors when afterward discovered. It has placed the decrees of church councils beyond contradiction or questioning, either by reason or Scripture, for once conceded that the voice of the church council was infallible (unerring), everything must be forced to conform thereto; and each council felt bound to render no decisions contrary to preceding councils; and those which did otherwise were liable to be repudiated. So an error once affirmed could not be denied nor even dropped.
For decades, the Catholic clergy sided with its priests instead of the sexually molested children. If Papacy now admits to an error in judgment she consequently would be admitting to error in instituting the belief of church infallibility many hundreds of years before.
Throughout history, popes have also enforced another erroneous belief and that is the idea of papal supremacy.
The following are statements of the popes, excerpted from Fox's "Acts and Monuments," by H. G. Guinness, an English writer :
“--only I am subject to no creature, no, not to myself; so my Papal majesty ever remaineth undiminished; superior to all men, whom all persons ought to obey and follow, whom no man must judge or accuse of any crime, no man depose but I myself. No man can excommunicate me, …”
”And, likewise, it is to be presumed that the bishop of that church is always good and holy. Yea, though he fall into homicide or adultery, he may sin, but yet he cannot be accused, but rather excused by the murders of Samson, the thefts of the Hebrews, etc. …Wherefore, if those things that I do be said not to be done of man, but of God--WHAT CAN YOU MAKE ME BUT GOD?
From Ferraris' Ecclesiastical Dictionary, a standard Roman Catholic authority, we quote the following condensed outline of papal power as given under the word papa, article 2:
"The pope is of such dignity and highness that he is not simply a man but, as it were, God, … but he is also above angels, and is their superior; so that if it were possible that angels could err from the faith, or entertain sentiments contrary thereto, they could be judged and excommunicated by the pope.... He further adds: "The pope is of so great authority and power that he can modify, declare or interpret the divine law." "The pope can sometimes counteract the divine law by limiting, explaining, etc."
Thus, Papacy was audacious enough to attempt to "counteract" and "modify" divine laws to suit its own schemes.
In a bull, or edict, Sixtus V declares: St. Bernard affirms, "None except God is like the pope, either in heaven or on earth."
"The Emperor Constantine," says Pope Nicholas I, "conferred the appellation of God on the pope; who, therefore, being God, cannot be judged by man."
Said Pope Innocent III--"The pope holds the place of the true God"; and the canon law, in the gloss, denominates the pope--"our Lord God."
It is presumed by many today that these boastings of the Papacy belong only to the distant past, and that a great change has come over that system in later times; but a little reflection and observation in the handling of the sexual molestation cases prove that these sentiments of the Papacy are still unchanged. Papacy contends that men cannot judge her and conversely that she should be excused and not accused of her crimes.
Papacy’s long-standing, self-professed beliefs of church infallibility and papal supremacy are being challenged today. Backing down now and admitting to wrongdoing would dismantle Papacy’s foundational beliefs that gave her influence over the people. Said another way, Pope Benedict XVI declaration of a decision for “The GOOD of the universal church” apparently meant a decision for “The PRESERVATION of the universal church”. This desperate and selfish attempt to maintain power and influence over the people disregards the “GOOD” of the people, the molested children and their families.
Priests who abuse children and their superiors who cover up their sick perversions should be put in prison, instead of being given ready access to these poor innocent children under the pretext of "men of God". Though man has turned a blind eye for hundreds of years toward these and other crimes, our righteous God will not.
“Behold, the Day of Jehovah cometh, direful with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate; and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.”
“For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not shed abroad her light.”
“And I will visit on the world its evil, and on the wicked their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and the haughtiness of tyrants will I humble … Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall be removed out of her place, in the wrath of the Lord of hosts, in the day of his fierce anger.” Isaiah 13:1-13
Again, we shudder to think of the pending retribution that will come upon the hierarchy of the Catholic Church who have sinned against the innocent.