Saturday, May 20, 2006

Sandro Magister on the Maciel case

His newsletter has the official texts of the Vatican declaration restricting Fr. Maciel's ministry, the Legion's response, and links to prior articles that follow this sad case. This one, about similar charges against Fr. Gino Buressi of the Congregation of the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which resulted in a similar penalty. This was the first sentence handed down by Cardinal Levada, the new head of the CDF. The story is very troubling, and shows, yet again, just how reputation, piety and other factors blind church leaders to the seriousness of sexual abuse.
The Burresi case teaches a lesson. It seemed to have been definitively filed away after the favorable sentence handed down on May 10, 2002. But it was reopened, and a much more severe conclusion was reached – with the presiding judge being Ratzinger, who has since become pope.
So, it seems that Pope Benedict will be tougher than his predecessor ... Magister also links to Jason Berry's and Gerald Renner's book, Vows of Silence: The Abuse of Power in the Papacy of John Paul II, nothing that the Italian edition will be out soon.

American Papist has a great roundup of blog and MSM coverage.

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