Before being elected as Pope Benedict XVI in April last year, the pontiff was Cardinal Thomas Ratzinger who had, for 24 years, been the head of the powerful Congregation of the Doctrine of The Faith, the department of the Roman Catholic Church charged with promoting Catholic teachings on morals and matters of faith. An arch-Conservative, he was regarded as the 'enforcer' of Pope John Paul II in cracking down on liberal challenges to traditional Catholic teachings.The story is really about a special on BBC's Panorama on the cover-up. If the Mail's characterization is at all accurate, it's a bunch of sensationalist half-truths marshalled together to present a conspiracy theory to rival anything Dan Brown might produce.
And you know what? The Church has brought this upon herself. The fact that Bishops put the interests of the institution above their flock is something we're going to be living with for ages. I hope our Bishops have learned something.
Anyway, the main thrust of the program seems to be a "secret document" that the CDF sent out to Bishops to deal with abuse cases, advising them not to involve local civil authorities. Does anyone know how true any of this is?