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  •  Could be too close (25+ / 0-)

    Prior to becoming Pope, Ratzinger held the 2 most powerful and influential offices in the Vatican. For nearly 20 years before being elected Pope, he was the prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Dean of the College of Cardinals. The only position that afforded him more power than that was the Papacy. His influence has spanned more than 30 years. He knows what's happened before and what could happen in the near future with regard to any sexual scandal. He also knows the part he played in completely mishandling the crimes taking place in the US. Now, with the prospect of a new sex scandal happening within Vatican City itself, he has to know what might be coming to roost in his own home.

    In both roles, but particularly as prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, he had absolute power over the handling of complaints about pedophile priests and the formal requests to have them defrocked. Only the Pope can release a priest from their "sacred vows" essentially expelling them from the priesthood. Nothing went to the Pope before coming across Ratzinger's desk, and he was the only person who controlled when a formal petition was presented to the Pope.

    With regard to the LA diocese under then Cardinal  Mahoney, in one of their worst cases the application to defrock the priest sat on Ratzinger's desk for nearly a full year. Mahoney actually had to write Ratzinger and ask him why the paperwork was being held up. During that time the pedophile priest molested another child.

    If there is now a wholly new event surrounding priests engaging in sexual relationships, pedophiles or not, Ratzinger is now a Pope who knows where that kind of scandal goes once it's made public. And, he cannot possibly deny that it would also open up to scrutiny his own past behavior. I think it's entirely possible that a sexual scandal within the Vatican's offices would be enough to push him over the edge. His hands are too dirty and the PTB are in immediate damage control mode. He mishandled the US crimes and consequently left more children in danger and, in some cases, more children molested. Now, it appears, he can't keep his own house in order.

    As was said in another diary, by keeping him within the Vatican walls he can never be questioned or charged. I can't help but believe the Vatican PTB saw an opening to "put these scandals behind them" and thereby giving themselves their version of a clean slate as they begin to focus on Africa and South America for their new sources of loyal Catholics, new priests and a great deal of money, all of which went down the shoot in the US. If proven, this kind of scandal could seriously impact those plans. It will be interesting to see where this goes.

    Peace.

    •  OOoooopsss. (6+ / 0-)
      Now, it appears, he can't keep his own house in order.
      should read:

      Now, it may easily appear to the public eye that, once again, he can't keep his own house in order.

      Sorry.

      Peace.

    •  Agreed but, (1+ / 0-)
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      Ninepatch

      I thought I had read somewhere that the Pope was going to a 'summer vacation home' until his new residence at Vatican City is constructed. Can not he then be questionesd at the summer residecnce? Just a thought...

      United we the people stand, divided we the people fall.

      by Penny GC on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 01:14:18 PM PST

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      •  Not sure (0+ / 0-)

        on both counts. I'll look around and see if there's anything out there answering your question. I would guess, and only guess, that once he has declared himself "cloistered" (if that's the correct term) he would have the same immunity regardless of which Vatican owned property he found himself occupying as a guest or in some other role.

        Hmmm....

        Peace.

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