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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Pope Set Stage for Sex Scandals, Then Worked to Restore Secrecy, per Research Released Today

Before becoming pope, Joseph Ratzinger accidentally helped set the stage for the sex scandals, and later worked hard to restore secrecy, a historian claims, writes researcher Jay Nelson.

This is text from release Nelson sent out today:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, March 16, 2010 – There is much more to Pope Benedict XVI’s role in the clergy sex scandals than is universally believed, declares one researcher. Jay Nelson, a historian and survivor who has written extensively about clergy abuse, says that his studies show that Joseph Ratzinger bears a great responsibility for the scandals, well before becoming pope.

“I was as surprised as anyone,” Nelson claims. “But in some ways, both the scandals and their eventual fading away is largely his doing. And it all has to do with the Inquisition.”

During the Boston scandals in 2003, he says, instructions for bishops on conducting secret trials of priests for sexual offenses were found among church papers. It was the first clue that the Inquisition – now called the “Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith” or CDF – was ever concerned with priestly abuse.

A Speech Written By Young Theologian Joseph Ratzinger

Nelson says he began investigating Ratzinger’s involvement for his recently published book, Sons of Perdition. “I soon discovered that the Inquisition had been secretly suppressing clergy sex crimes for 400 years,” he states. “Their interest itself became secret, but the system endured until unintentionally broken during the Second Vatican Council by a speech written by a young theologian named Joseph Ratzinger.”

Nelson claims that the resulting inability of the CDF to deal with sexually active priests led to bishops transferring and treating offenders. “By the time Ratzinger himself became head of the CDF, he apparently wished to undo all his ‘mistakes,’” he says.

“With Pope John Paul II, they secretly reestablished the Vatican’s control over clergy sex cases in 2001. That’s why the number of cases is decreasing.”

“It’s incredible,” he admits. “But the documents are out there, the proof is in my book and the paper I’m circulating.” When asked why come out with this information now, Nelson asserts, “The people should know that Joseph Ratzinger helped fix the cover-up, stronger than ever, before he even became pope. What, then, will he do next?”

Joseph Ratzinger helped fix the cover-up, stronger than ever

Link: “Ratzinger’s Responsibility for the Sex Scandals”

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Jay Nelson
PO Box 40676
Albuquerque, NM 87196



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