Response from William A. Donohue, Ph.D

I came across this fine article written by William A. Donohue, Ph.D. of the Catholic League. Mr. Donohue responds to a CNN documentary on the Pope recently aired.

Here’s an excerpt:

“We learn from CNN host Gary Tuchman that “For decades, before he became pope, Joseph Ratzinger was a high-ranking Vatican official who, more than anyone else beside Pope John Paul, could have taken decisive action to stem the sexual abuse crisis.” Similarly, author David Gibson says the pope “always took the stalling tactic.”

It is simply not true that Ratzinger was in charge of this issue “for decades.” In fact, he wasn’t given the authority to police the sexual abuse problem until 2001. What is truly astonishing is that Tuchman concedes as much later in the program. After he notes that “By 2001, the sexual abuse crisis was beginning to engulf the Catholic Church,” he says, “The pope gave Cardinal Ratzinger and the CDF (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith) the power to cut through the bureaucracy and handle all sexual abuse cases directly.”

In other words, Tuchman was incorrect the first time when he said that “for decades” Ratzinger “could have taken decisive action.” He couldn’t have been in charge “for decades” if he wasn’t given police powers until 2001 (he became pope in 2005).

Nowhere in the program is there any evidence that the pope was guilty of obstruction of justice. This is a serious charge—the most serious made in the course of the documentary. Yet to throw this out, without ever producing evidence to substantiate it, is malicious. It won’t cut it to say that he was “perhaps” guilty of obstruction. CNN intentionally planted this seed and never explicitly addressed the subject of obstruction of justice again.”

You can read the rest of the article here.

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3 Responses to “Response from William A. Donohue, Ph.D”

  1. Bryce Lee says:

    It’s a good wrap up, but all these are known facts on the ground. The hostile forces arrayed against the Church are well aware of all of this information, and yet they will never include them in their perpetual recycling of their propaganda hit pieces.

    CNN also uses that clever tactic — wanting, but not daring, to make a claim that would expose them to libel — of interviewing someone who will make the claim for them, and then letting that claim stand unchallenged.

  2. Robert K says:

    I have the impression that David Gibson likes to stir trouble to get himself in the news. He has made a living off of criticizing Pope Benedict. His testimony is always idealogically driven and is suspect. It is very telling that CNN used him as a source when they could have chosen many other responsible and more objective journalists.

  3. Andrew Piacente says:

    Bill Donohue is an American Catholic hero. The Catholic League should have a weekly column in every Catholic publication in this country. Catholic men need to be awakened from their decades long slumber. Here’s one way to do it.

    Andrew Piacente aka Doria2