Monday, May 17, 2010

Pope Cries Separation of Church and State to Avoid Getting Deposed in Kentucky

     After being adored by a crowd of 150,000 Catholics who claim the church is under an unjust attack by those who want accountability in the global sexual abuse scandal, Pope Benedict XVI is on the offensive.  He will not back down, because he has his god and his delusions on his side.

     CNN reports:
     The Vatican will embark on a sweeping new legal strategy Monday in responding to allegations of sex abuse in the United States, CNN has learned.
     Responding to a Louisville, Kentucky, lawsuit that seeks to depose top Vatican officials -- including Pope Benedict XVI -- the Holy See plans to file a motion Monday denying that the church issued a document mandating secrecy in the face of abuse allegations, as many victims allege, according to a Vatican attorney.
     The Vatican's motion also will argue that bishops are not employees of the Holy See, exempting the Vatican from legal culpability in cases of alleged abuse in the U.S., said Jeffrey Lena, the Vatican's U.S.-based attorney.
     Mr Lena said he would suggest to the court that it should avoid using the religious nature of the relationship between bishops and the pope as a basis for civil liability because it entangles the court in an analysis of religious doctrine that dates back to the apostles.  “Courts tend to avoid constructing civil relationships out of religious materials,” he said.
     First of all, the pope appoints all the bishops, they meet with him on a regular basis to kiss his ring, receive his guidance, and go through ceremonies in which the pope adorns them with a pallium.  Later if the pope so desires, he appoints them cardinals.  He releases letters that govern how they run their dioceses and seminaries and determines policies for who they are allowed to accept as priests.

     Secondly, it's the only pope and the Vatican that have the power to defrock a priest.  Individual bishops can't do this, because the pope is the ultimate authority. So much so, that a bishop can only retire if the pope gives him permission to do. We've seen this playing out in Ireland, where the pope dragged his ruby slippers in accepting the resignations of bishops guilty in the cover-up and enabling of child rape.  The pope is the ultimate "decider," judge, and boss in such situations.

     The Catholic Church is a bureaucracy with the Pope as its head.  To argue that Pope is not culpable, especially when his signature is on documents that tie him to the cover-up and mishandling of priest-perpetrators of child rape in the United States is a lie of hypocritical proportions.

     Mr. Lena's claim that the separation of church and state supports his argument is completely ridiculous, especially in the wake of the Catholic Church's assault on the liberties of American citizens, using tax-exempt church-raised money to fund ballot initiatives around the nation that limit and strip LGBT persons and women of their rights.  And what about the bishops that withhold communion from Democratic politicians in an attempt to force the Vatican's agenda through our secular government?

     Now that the wall of separation between church and state stands to benefit the church, they are hiding their pope behind it.  Hypocrites.
Pope Benedict appointing a cardinal, but he's not his boss.