tifosi77 wrote:This Pope has been directly implicated in covering up an almost systemic level of child abuse within the Catholic church. Cardinal Ratzinger, as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith*, personally directed the inter-dioceses transfers of priests that had been accused of molesting children to avoid the public embarrassment of civil and criminal proceedings. No one knows more about the breadth and depth of the Church's cover ups in these cases than Pope Benedict. That he was ever elected Pope is equal parts baffling and unsurprising..... which is a difficult trick to pull off, honestly.
I take it you saw HBO's documentary about the church sex abuse scandals?
I found it to be incredibly disturbing how the church has treated it all these years. What I found even more shocking is that John Paul II, a guy some were trying to push into sainthood, blatantly ignored the continual sexual abuse done buy a cardinal (I forget his name) who was one of his closest advisors.
It's interesting hearing my grandma/older relatives talk about priests. They always talk about them with a high regard. Based on some comments in the HBO documentary, I appears that's how people viewed members of clergy back then. I talk to priests like they are any normal person. It not that I don't respect them, it's just not a big deal if they talk to me. (does a triple negative cancel out a double negative?)
On a completely off topic note, I'm surprised the media wasn't up in arms about the fact you had to assassinate the pope in Assassin's Creed 2.