Happy Birthday, Pope Benedict XVI

Happy Birthday,

Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI

Today is His Holiness’ 81st Birthday.  Alles Gute zum Geburtstag!

There will be a “birthday party” at the White House today.  It is expected that about 12,000 people will be there, the largest crowd ever for a reception at the White House.

This is also only the second time ever that a pope visits the White House.

This evening, Pope Benedict will celebrate vespers at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.  Then he will address the U.S. Bishops.

For all the great coverage of the Pope’s visit, including live streaming video, and archived video, go to the official website www.uspapalvisit.org.

Pope Benedict's coat of arms

 

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2 Responses to Happy Birthday, Pope Benedict XVI

  1. LaVrai says:

    In light of all the fawning over Pope Benedict XVI, I would like to remind everyone exactly how this pope feels about the sexual abuse of children and those who do the abusing: In 2001, while he was a cardinal, he issued a secret Vatican edict to Catholic bishops all over the world, instructing them to put the Church’s interests ahead of child safety.

    http://lavrai.com/blogs/2008/04/20/pope-led-cover-up-of-child-abuse-by-priests/

  2. Nicholas Jagneaux says:

    LaVrai,

    If it was secret, then how in the world do you know about it? Obviously, it is not secret.

    The document in question is hardly secret. See Wikipedia’s article on it. The document is called Crimen Sollicitationis. It deals with the investigation and penalty of priests accused of soliciting sex under the pretext of confession.

    Let me repeat that – it is for priests who use THE CONFESSIONAL to solicit sex. If the priest solicits sex outside the confessional, this document does not apply.

    It calls for the punishment – even dismissal – of those priests who are guilty.

    It even lays down the obligation of other priests to tell the abused person that they need to report the solicitation.

    During the course of investigation – and even after completion – secrecy is to be maintained. No penalty automatically is given to the accuser(s) or witnesses. The same secrecy also applies in the appointment of bishops.

    I might remind you that our American legal system requires secrecy for Grand Juries, too.

    Speaking of the American legal system, you do understand that Canon Law and American Criminal/Civil Law are different, don’t you?

    The document Crimen Sollicitationis applies to investigations carried out by ecclesial authority. It is that specific investigation that should remain secret.

    Any victim is free – and encouraged – to pursue his/her case in the American criminal/civil courts.

    Now, let us deal with the sources attached to “exploding” this document into the public arena.

    As reported by Andrew Walsh (in the Fall 2003), the document was released by attorneys for victims of priestly abuse, “at the end of a long stretch of bad news for the plaintiffs”. This is a group that “stands to make millions of dollars from judgments and settlements against the Church.”

    When the “secret” document was released to the Boston Globe, it didn’t even run a story on it! I mean, come on, if there’s any paper looking to run a story on priestly abuse, it’s the Globe.

    And, by the way, if you’re trying to say “The Truth” but in French, then truth be told, you’re wrong. It’s translated a different way. If you need help, just let me know.

    May God bless us both.

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