I St Patrick’s Cathedral i New York klappet en fullsatt kirke da erkebiskop Dolan forsvarte pave Benedikt

Overgrepsskandalene er et alvorlig problem for Den katolske Kirke, men katolikker flest føler at det er svært urettferdig når pave Benedikt personlig blir beskyldt for å være medansvarlig. Slik skrev zenit.org i går:

Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York brought hearty approval from a standing-room-only crowd at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Palm Sunday when he defended Benedict XVI against «unrelenting insinuations» in the scandals of sexual abuse.

The archbishop asked the congregation for a couple of minutes of patience at the end of the lengthy Mass, and then said the «somberness of Holy Week is intensified for Catholics this year» by a «tidal wave of headlines about abuse of minors by some few priests, this time in Ireland, Germany, and a re-run of an old story from Wisconsin.»

«What deepens the sadness now is the unrelenting insinuations against the Holy Father himself, as certain sources seem frenzied to implicate the man who, perhaps more than anyone else has been the leader in purification, reform, and renewal that the Church so needs,» Archbishop Dolan stated.

The 60-year-old prelate suggested that Sunday Mass is «hardly the place to document the inaccuracy, bias, and hyperbole of such aspersions,» but it is «the time for Catholics to pray for Benedict our Pope.»

According to the Associated Press report of the archbishop’s words, the congregation responded with 20 seconds of applause. … …

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