Commentary by Br. Alexis Bugnolo
The charges that Pope Benedict XVI, while Archbishop of Munich in 1977-1982, “failed to act” to protect children from pedophiles continues to unravel with each new report.
In that cited from DW Politics, published from Berlin, one finds a recounting of the charge, with scarce details, omitting names, times, and places.
It does, however, specify, for the first time, that not 4 cases, but in two, is the report accusing Pope Benedict XVI of a failure to act.
But is the report doing that?
First, I highly recommend watching the video — (adults only) — of the victim who speaks out, Markus Elstner. His story is repeated 10s of thousands of times by men and women the world over. I spoke with a victim in the Diocese or Fall River, USA, more than 20 years ago, who reacted emotionally in the very same manner. These men are scarred for life and have deep seated fear of church buildings and ecclesiastical dress, to name a few — for these things recall to memory the horrors they experienced.
Nevertheless, the DW Politics report, cited above in their official tweets, reveals an important detail of the story: namely that the Law firm charged with the investigation — which has no legal authority in Church or State, and which is not a professional forensic agency of any kind:
“In a total of four cases, we reached a consensus there was a failure to act,” said attorney Martin Pusch, who presented the WSW report.
So the law firm spokesman admits that it there is no prima facie case that Pope Benedict XVI failed to act, because they admit here that they interpreted the documentary evidence AND that they lobbied to reach an agreement.
Who lobbied them? I do not know.
Who was paying them? I do know, as they were hired by Cardinal Marx, who was already publicly faulted for protecting pedophiles. And Cardinal Marx is the close collaborator of Cardinal Bergoglio, who was exposed in 2018 in Germany as a pedophile protector.
So, if any objective observer without any preconceived notions or prejudices examines what the press is reporting in this case, I think it would not be unjust to say that they have reasonable cause to dismiss it as a smear campaign.
For these reasons:
- The reports are failing to mention that Canon Law at the time did not allow an Archbishop to remove a man from the priesthood without intervention from the Holy See.
- The reports are failing to mention that Canon Law at the time required that a priest be warned 3x for any misdeed, before he could be punished by being removed from pastoral ministry.
- There is no information yet in the press about who know what when.
- There is no information yet in the press about what Archbishop Ratzinger could have done.
- The press stories are attacking Pope Benedict XVI, not Cardinal Ratzinger.
All these elements constitute a journalistic smear, in the classical sense of creating guilt, where there no moral fault; retroactively imposing categories of law, right, and procedure; presuming the worse; and misrepresenting opinion as fact. And this all designed to bring down someone’s public reputation.
Berlin is the headquarters of the Prussian Lodge which founded Skull and Bones, which in turn through the CIA put Bergoglio into power, so as to remove an anti-Abortion-Produced-Vaxxer from power in the Vatican.
So, I think one can be very suspicious of motives here.
For more on our coverage of this story, see the reports cited here.
CREDITS: The Featured image is a screenshot of the page at DW containing the linked article.
UPDATE: Two days after this report, details about the 4 charges were published in English language by Gloria.TV, here, which corroborate the opinions and judgements expressed above.