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The Great Catholic Cover-up
by Christopher Hitchens
at Slate

Concerning the most recent revelations about the steady complicity of the Vatican in the ongoing—indeed endless—scandal of child rape, a few days later a spokesman for the Holy See made a concession in the guise of a denial. It was clear, said the Rev. Federico Lombardi, that an attempt was being made "to find elements to involve the Holy Father personally in issues of abuse." He stupidly went on to say that "those efforts have failed."

He was wrong twice. In the first place, nobody has had to strive to find such evidence: It has surfaced, as it was bound to do. In the second place, this extension of the awful scandal to the topmost level of the Roman Catholic Church is a process that has only just begun. Yet it became in a sense inevitable when the College of Cardinals elected, as the vicar of Christ on Earth, the man chiefly responsible for the original cover-up. (One of the sanctified voters in that "election" was Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston, a man who had already found the jurisdiction of Massachusetts a bit too warm for his liking.)

"The world is my country, and do good is my religion." - Thomas Paine
Please also see the history of William Levada currently "Prefect for the Consecration of the Faith" formerly archbishop of Portland and San Francisco. In both locations he was involved in the cover up of sex scandals involving children.

There is much to look at in the use of power to sexually abuse children or other young people by persons in power. It is not necessarily associated with a church or a specific organization. But, the catholic church has used its power for millenniums for political, personal, non human benefit gains.

Does it therefore deserve more condemnation than other organizations, I am not sure. But, in consideration of its stated goals it does deserve high levels of condemnation.
If Iran sent members of its government around the world who then used their political status to abuse the citizens of those countries, breaking laws of those countries it would not be long before America, the UK and others were looking to move with force upon Iran and its government.

Now, swap Iran for the Vatican. What changes?

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