Can somebody say Wrong Reaction, your Poe-ship?
From the BBC:
Pope Benedict has joined mounting Vatican criticism of raids by Belgian police investigating alleged child sex abuse, calling them "deplorable".
Uh-huh. Investigating sexual abuse is "deplorable."
But hiding pedophile/pederast child rape - well now, the Vatican does not so much want to talk about that.
Pope Ratz's "deploring" of the raids in Belgium follows a week in which a Vatican official compared the police raids to communism. (*Gasp!)
From the New York Times:
On Saturday, the Vatican secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, called the detention of bishops “serious and unbelievable” and compared the police tactics to those of Communist regimes.
The Vatican needs to stop circling its wagons, stop hiding and protecting the priests who rape children, and work with law enforcement authorities on this scandal. Otherwise, I genuinely hope that such raids will continue.