Monday, May 10, 2010

More erosion in the old boys network

Declaring that “the days of cover up are over”, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, archbishop of Vienna, denounced Vatican No.2 Cardinal Angelo Sodano for having blocked an inquiry into sex abuse allegations against the late cardinal of Vienna, Hans Hermann Groer.

Cardinal Groer was accused in 1995 of sexually molesting young boys at a seminary in the town of Hollabrunn, Austria. In an interview with the Austrian news agency, Kathpress, Cardinal Schönborn identified Cardinal Sodano as the person who persuaded the current pope, then in his previous role of prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), not to investigate Cardinal Groer. Three years after the accusations aired, Groer relinquished his religious duties and went into exile in Germany. He died in 2003 without ever having been brought to justice.

Schönborn also excoriated Sodano for his Easter Sunday remarks in which Sodano dismissed international criticism of the church over the sex abuse scandal as “idle gossip”. Schönborn said those remarks caused "massive harm" to victims of clerical sex abuse.

Cardinal Schönborn also touched on a number of other hot button issues. On homosexual unions, the cardinal said that the Church "should give more consideration to the quality of homosexual relationships", adding that “a stable relationship is certainly better than if someone simply indulges in promiscuity." With respect to Catholics who divorce and remarry, he said the Church might need to reconsider the idea that they should not receive Communion, pointing out that “many people don’t even marry at all any longer." The primary thing to consider should not be the sin, but people’s striving to live according to the commandments, he said. Instead of a morality based on duty, the Church should work towards a morality based on happiness, he continued. Finally, Cardinal Schönborn also argued that the Roman Curia is "urgently in need of reform," and said that Pope Benedict is working "gently" toward that goal.

Must be "very gently", because we at Iglesia Descalza don't see much movement...And how much you all want to bet that the Vatican won't demand that Cardinal Schönborn clarify his remarks about homosexuals and communion for remarried Catholics? Rank does have its privileges...

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