In the midst of the recent revelations of massive abuse of children by Catholic clergy in Ireland and Germany, I guess it really shouldn’t be that shocking to learn of a homosexual prostitution ring being run right out of the Vatican. This latest sex scandal in the Church was revealed through wiretaps being used by Italian police in an unrelated corruption investigation. CBS News reports:
The Vatican is facing allegations that one of Pope Benedict’s ceremonial ushers, as well as a member of the Vatican choir, were involved in a gay prostitution ring.
The police wiretaps:
…reveal Angelo Balducci, an Italian executive who’s been a Gentleman of his Holiness — the elite group of black-suited men who serve the pope in unpaid roles as ushers — negotiating with the 29-year-olf Nigerian Vatican choir member for the services of male prostitutes, as part of the larger prostitution ring.
Apparently the tapes record Angelo Balducci, a Gentleman of His Holiness, negotiating with Thomas Chinedu Ehiem, a 29-year-old Nigerian Vatican chorister, about men he wanted brought to him for sexual purposes.
Meanwhile, Catholics in Germany are the latest to discover that priests whom they trusted have actually been violating their children for decades. From the BBC:
Germany’s justice minister has criticised the Vatican for what she called a “wall of silence” over recently-emerged abuse allegations.
Allegations of sexual abuse are being investigated in 18 of Germany’s 27 Roman Catholic dioceses.
Former students from a number of Catholic schools have alleged sexual abuse by teachers.
Ms Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger referred to a Vatican rule dating to 2001 that requires abuse cases to be investigated internally.
The most recent revelations involve a choir led for many years by the Reverend Georg Ratzinger, the current Pope’s brother. Colm O’Gorman, an Irish survivor of clergy sexual abuse, writes in Tuesday’s Independent UK:
Revelations that Pope Benedict’s brother may be called upon to testify in a church abuse scandal raise valid questions about how much the current Pope knew about the allegations. A more revealing line of inquiry would be to examine the extent of the pontiff’s knowledge of the global clerical sexual abuse scandals.
Before he became Pope, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger
was Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. In this powerful position he was in charge of managing cases of priests who abused children in any Catholic diocese across the world.
O’Gorman’s article concludes:
Even today, after all that has been exposed by those of us who have spoken out about our experiences of brutalisation, the Vatican refuses to act to properly protect children. As new scandals erupt in Germany, Holland, Italy, Spain, Brazil and Nigeria, the Pope has failed to put in place and enforce mandatory child protection policy across his church. I asked a senior church figure why this was the case. I was told that to put in place global policy underpinned by church law would admit that the Vatican had the responsibility and the power to do so, and expose it to lawsuits and potentially massive financial losses. So there you have it. It would appear the Vatican values its money and its position more than the safety of children.
Why are President Obama and Democrats in Congress giving men like this any influence over the health care reform bill? From Politico last week:
The Roman Catholic bishops signaled Thursday that if agreement is reached with House leaders on anti-abortion language, the church would work to get the votes needed to protect the provisions in the Senate — and thereby advance the shared goal with Democrats of health care reform.
“We would strongly urge everyone, Democratic and Republican, to vote to waive the point of order,” Richard Doerflinger, an associate director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, told POLITICO. “Whether it would be enough to get to 60 votes, I can’t predict. We would certainly try.”
And why are these men allowed to lecture the rest of us on the morality of abortion and gay marriage? I think it’s high time for these “gentlemen” to go clean up their own ugly messes before they meddle any further in our governmental affairs.