Impeaching the Pope
German Chancellor Angela Merkel addressed parliament on Wednesday as concern grows from Germany’s Roman Catholics for the pontiff to address an abuse scandal in his homeland. Some 300 former Catholic students have come forward with claims of physical or sexual abuse. “I think that we all agree that sexual abuse of minors is a despicable crime and the only way for our society to come to terms with it is to look for the truth and find out everything that has happened,” Merkel said. “The damage suffered by the victims can never fully be repaired.” Things are growing rather awkward as the Popes brother and his own history of silence and concealment are being openly discussed in relation to these cases. Things are growing rather awkward in the latest sex abuse scandal within the Catholic Church, as the Pope’s brother and own history are being discussed in relation to those cases emanating from Germany. In 2002, he said he was “personally convinced that the constant presence in the press of the sins of Catholic priests, especially in the United States, is a planned campaign” since abuse was no more an occupational hazard in the priesthood than in other professions. While the brother, Father Ratzinger has escaped severe criticism by a prompt apology distancing himself from these unseemly events, the other brother Pope Ratzinger, Pope Benedict, may not be so fortunate. The Popes silence is noted, in the wake of Ireland’s highest ranking church member, Cardinal Sean Brady, apologizing to Irish Catholics at a St Patrick’s day mass concerning the sex abuses that have recently rocked Ireland. Brady has faced calls to resign and has confirmed he will do so only at the behest of the Pope. Potentially fleeting, for the first time in living memory, albeit remote is the possibility of a Pontiff resignation. If it hasn’t already, it will be crossing the minds of not just the faithful but the heathen too. Depending on revelations, this issue can escalate for the 87 year old, fondly nick named the “Rottweiler of God.”
So what would a step down from the pontificate entail for an outgoing Pope, should he fall on his staff? Would an executive resignation, all too common a remedy in Japan, yet mandatory in Russia suffice the growing dismay at the endless orgy of paedo-mania streaming from the catholic priesthood? Though it would be very unlikely, in this age of surprise and change it cannot be quickly dismissed. The act would have some viability. It would achieve final closure to all the mounting abuse claims against the church and yet equally become a modern form of martyrdom and merchandising potential (looking on the bright side). The “Fall down Pope” toy could be a very hot sell in China. Interchangeable accessories for a “plain clothes pope” and “martyr pope” all coming separately of course and battery would be optional.
Could the Pope make the semi-ultimate sacrifice of laying down his white cassock for the sins of his clergy? On becoming Pope 5 years ago, Benedict XVI promised a clean up of the Catholic Church. Charisma not being his style, purification and piety, not expansiveness would become his focus. So only weeks after the Pope came out in a rare display of condemning the historic heinous acts of pedophilia among priests in Ireland, the stone projectiles are boomeranging back to the Pope, his kin and his homeland. How uncanny that the Irish now cower beneath the merciful timely benevolence of their nations celebrated patron: St Patrick and as patron saints do, perhaps fending the stones back to the Holy See all the while a very bitter sweet smell of Black Guinness is still wafting in the air. The faithful offering prayers at this point would not be untimely, for the prospect looms of the next worst thing: a pending pontiff impeachment. Who dares cast the first stone?
I say any an all priests accused, investigated and found to be abusing kids sexually should be excommunicated and handed over to local authorities. I say if a priest is found to having sex with adults, he should be defrocked. If you can’t keep your vows to God, then you don’t need to be a priest at all. How can you study and teach the word of God, then turn around and break your vows. Yes, Jesus forgives, but there were always still consequences for actions. Forgiveness never meant “get out of jail free”. Yes we forgive the priests for their sins, but they must suffer the consequences of their actions, just as their victims suffer. They no longer need to be priests. The consequence of alcoholism is self imposed. The consequences of sexual abuse is imposed on another. One, you repent to God and confess to him. The other you repent to your victim and confess to them. The Catholic church is so afraid of the backlash of admitting these men are doing something wrong that they instead try to keep it hush hush? They have to realize in America we out everything. As a Catholic I am angered beyond belief at this. Admitted there are other molesters in the world, but it needs to be delt with severely in our church. If the pope isn’t going to do it, then he needs to be defrocked as well. God cannot tolerate sin. As the voice of God, there is no way he is doing God’s work.