Obviously, when a well-informed person investigates Pizzagate, that person must at some point wonder whether the Vatican is mixed up in it. The Vatican has been accused of a lot of “abuse,” but most of it doesn’t match up with Pizzagate.
The Domspatzen, a 1,000-year-old choir in Regensburg, Bavaria, was dragged into the massive sexual abuse scandal plaguing the Catholic Church in 2010, when allegations of assaults that took place several decades ago went public.
The choir was run by Pope Benedict’s elder brother, Georg Ratzinger, from 1964 to 1994 when most of the claimed abuses took place.
Lawyer Ulrich Weber, who had been commissioned by the diocese to look into the cases, said at a press conference that his research, which included 70 interviews with victims, uncovered abuse that took place from 1945 to the early 1990s.
Their was 231 reports of physical abuse.
These ranged from sexual assault to rape, severe beatings and food deprivation.
“50 victims spoke of ten perpetrators”.
The director and composer Franz Wittenbrink, a former pupil of the boarding school, had told Spiegel magazine in 2010 that there was an “system of sadistic punishments connected to sexual pleasure”.
Several German institutions have also been engulfed by the scandal, including an elite Jesuit school in Berlin which had admitted to systematic sexual abuse of pupils by two priests in the 1970s and 1980s. theguardian.com
Most of the priests concerned did not face criminal charges, because the alleged crimes took place too long ago.
But there had been calls for a change in the law and for the church to pay compensation to victims.
In February 2015, the Regensburg diocese had said there were 72 victims of abuse, and had offered compensation of 2,500 euros each.
It doesn’t sound very concentrated. From 1945 to the 1990s is more than 45 years. In that time, they have only 231 reports of physical abuse. These ranged from sexual assault to rape, severe beatings and food deprivation. That means that fewer than 231 incidents actually involved sex. Sending a child away without any dinner might be physical abuse, but it is not sexual abuse. If anything, the constant publicity of Catholic sex abuse is probably engineered by the real child abusers as a distraction.
Many people hate the Catholic Church because some Catholic priests have sexually abused children.
Many people lump in any kind of underaged sex with child sexual abuse. These people regard a Catholic priest having sex with a 17-year-old minor as equivalent to that same priest having sex with a 7-year-old minor. (Notably, these people often make excuses for 17-year-olds having sex so long as those 17-year-olds don’t get involved with Catholicism.)
There are many people who hate the Catholic Church, believe themselves to be morally superior to the Catholic Church, do their best to cut all ties with the Catholic Church, so that no one can accuse them of assisting the enemy. If nothing else, I respect that these people practice what they preach.
There are considerably fewer people who hate the Catholic Church, believe themselves to be morally superior to the Catholic Church – and yet continue to take money from the Catholic Church. One such person is an atheistic Jew called Block. He regards Catholicism as the enemy of his enemy, and he is just waiting to knife it in the back. In the meantime, he makes money off it.
Pope Francis …attacks libertarianism…
The pope was kind enough to assess libertarianism. the least I can do, as a libertarian, is to, in turn, evaluate Catholicism.
I start off as a Jewish atheist with a partiality in favor of religion in general, and Catholicism in particular. As for the first, my motto here is that the “enemy of my enemy is my friend.” Who, pray tell, is the main enemy of libertarianism? Communism…
… religion….kills innocent people … only slightly, and intermittently. For example, take the Inquisition. The best estimates for the number killed was between 3,000 and 10,000, over several centuries. Not good. And this is certainly a black mark against the Catholic Church.
[Of course, the Inquisition killed some people who were guilty of conspiring against Christianity, and some of those people were Jews, and thus people like Block always want to hold up the Inquisition as a target for hatred.]
Why do I start out with a predisposition in favor of Catholicism in particular? This is because my friend and mentor Murray Rothbard (a fellow Jewish atheist) considered this religion the most rational and the most ethical.
Now, of course, that spate of priests raping little boys, must count on the negative side of the ledger, and, also, that practice of the higher ups in terms of transferring the malefactors to other dioceses instead of turning them in to the police as the criminals they were.
[This is a serious charge. One would expect Block to follow up on it by cutting ties with the Catholic Church.]
Block… is a professor of economics at Loyola University New Orleans…
[Block is a professor at a Catholic University. He still regards Catholicism as morally inferior; that’s why he is willing to take its money, like a human who is willing to eat pork because he sees pigs as an inferior life form.]
Report card. How does the pope rate libertarianism? It is difficult to see any other mark than an “F.” Looking over my evaluation of the Catholic Church, I think it is fair to say that I award this organization a “B-,” and maybe even a “B.” I was of course tempted to play tit for tat.
[Block wants to keep his scam going, and thus he portrays himself as benevolent toward Catholicism. This is merely a pose of moral superiority.]
Sometimes the enemy of your enemy is just pretending to be your friend until he can knife you in the back.