Restoring the Sacred

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

In Defense of Benedict XVI

A lot has been written lately, especially in the New York Times (imagine that), about the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. Maybe it's just coincidence, but this is the holiest week of the year for Catholics; that's why it's called Holy Week. Somehow, I can't imagine the Times doing a hit piece on Ali Khamenei during Ramadan, but the same newspaper, just days before Holy Week, seemed intent on placing blame on Pope Benedict XVI for not doing enough to halt the abuse years ago, when he was serving as Archbishop of Munich and then Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Fortunately, the Pope has a host of defenders; two of them: George Weigel and Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York, have spoken out.

Here is the piece by George Weigel that appeared on National Review Online, on March 22, 2010.

The End of Euphemism - George Weigel - National Review Online

The text of remarks made by Bishop DiMarzio during his homily this past Sunday were posted on the Deacon's Bench, the Blog of Deacon Greg Kendra, yesterday. You can read those remarks here.

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