Friday, March 12, 2010

Moral Leadership

Examples to follow.
BERLIN — A widening child sexual abuse inquiry in Europe has landed at the doorstep of Pope Benedict XVI, as a senior church official acknowledged Friday that a German archdiocese made “serious mistakes” in handling an abuse case while the pope served as its archbishop. The archdiocese said that a priest accused of molesting boys was given therapy in 1980 and later allowed to resume pastoral duties, before committing further abuses and being prosecuted. Pope Benedict, who at the time headed the archdiocese of Munich and Freising, approved the priest’s transfer for therapy. A subordinate took full responsibility for allowing the priest to later resume pastoral work, the archdiocese said in a statement.

I've seen the basic Vatican defense elsewhere as something along the lines of "plenty of abuse happens by people who aren't priests." This is of course true, but it's not about bad priests, it's about the institutions and powerful people who cover for them and fail to protect other victims.