Posts Tagged ‘Pope’

By Vincent Browne

There has been no Catholic Church inquiry into the priests who butchered and were then protected.

So the Supreme Pontiff thinks that demands for accountability on his part amounts to petty gossip of dominant opinion, which he is confident his faith will give him the courage to deflect. (more…)

By: Tom Ndahiro
In June 1994, towards the last weeks of the genocide, Cardinal Roger ETCHEGARAY was sent by Pope John Paul II to Rwanda. During his visit, the Holy See envoy met with several clerics, priests and nuns.
At the Junior Seminary of Butare, Etchegaray met with priests and had discussions with them. During this meeting, Bishop Misago told him that the reason why Tutsi priests were killed was that the population had lost trust in them.
Eyewitnesses told me he then proposed to Cardinal Etchegaray to find another place for Tutsi priests outside Rwanda. Etchegaray never felt outraged by such words! Bishop Misago has confirmed to me that he said this, but claimed it was for their safety! (more…)

By Tom Ndahiro

In the Vatican the three letter word “sex” makes the City’s insiders shudder. Pope Benedict XVI’s legacy is endangered as the scandal is sucking him in.

His role in the “mismanagement” of sex abuse cases in the 1980s – as the archbishop of Munich, and as head of the Vatican’s disciplinary Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith – has put him in a weaker position. (more…)

By Tom Ndahiro

On Monday 29, March 2010 the Guardian published Martin Kimani’s article with a title: “For Rwandans, the pope’s apology must be unbearable: If sexual abuse in Ireland warrants his contrition, what contempt is shown by the Vatican’s silence over its role in genocide”.

Martin appropriately said: “This turning away from the Rwandan victims of genocide comes at a time when the Catholic Church is increasingly peopled by black and brown believers. It is difficult not to conclude the church’s upper reaches are desperately holding on to a fast-vanishing racial patrimony. Perhaps it is time Catholics forced the leaders of their church to deal with a history of institutional racism that endures, if the church is truly to live up to its fine words. Apologies are not sufficient, no matter how abject. What is demanded is an acknowledgment of the church’s political power and moral culpability, with all the material and legal implications that come with it.” (more…)