Pope Bendedict (Josef Ratzenger) "retired" to make room for Poop Francis. This was the first time the Pope had "retired".
How does the Pope retire? Does God decide that that Pope is no longer his spokesperson? God decided
to forcibly retire Ratzenger?
The Truth is that Benedict resigned because he was such a huge failure on the pedophilia scandal. His
speeches regarding pedophilia were failures and Ratzenger's brother was personally exposed as a pedophile in
Ratzenger was a stupid rat jew pedophile with a tail. He literaly looks like the evil emperor palpatine from Star Wars.
He used to wear prada shoes while ministering to the poor. He is a German Nazi the pedophile Satanic Catholic
Churchc brought in to hide the Sex Abuse sandal and minimize it. John Paul was also an Evil satanic Jew who personally
helped out in the concentration camps. He appointed Ratzinger to cover up pedophilia for the Satanic Catholic Church.
Victims of the epidemic of sex- and child-abuse scandals that erupted under Benedict's papacy reacted bitterly
to his resignation, either charging the outgoing pontiff with being directly complicit in a criminal conspiracy
to cover up the thousands of paedophilia cases that have come to light over the past three years, or with
failing to stand up to reactionary elements in the church resolved to keep the scandals under wraps.
Here's a timeline of how accusations of negligence have shadowed Benedict's papacy since he was named Pope:
April 2005: When the erstwhile Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is selected to be Pope, he has been heading up the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the office that decides whether priests accused of child abuse should be given canonical trials and defrocked.
September 2005: As the Vatican's head of state, the new Pope enjoys immunity against charges of negligence. A Texas civil lawsuit accusing Ratzinger of covering up the abuse of three Houston area boys in the mid-1990s is dropped.
July 2007: Under Pope Benedict's watch, the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles pays out $660 million to hundreds of plaintiffs accusing up to 126 priests of clergy sex abuse.
April 2008: During his first papal visit to the U.S., Pope Benedict says he is "deeply ashamed" of the sexual abuse scandal. He pledges not to allow pedophiles to become priests.
November 2009: A "damning" report in Ireland accuses four archbishops of turning a blind eye on abuse, and five bishops of actively covering up clergy sex abuse.
February 3, 2010: Evidence of "systematic" sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in Germany begins to emerge. German magazine Der Spiegel reports that "close to 100 priests and members of the laity" are suspected.
February 14: The Pope meets with 24 Irish Bishops to discuss the claims in that country. Pope Benedict reportedly "lambasted" the bishops for failing to deal with sexual abuse in a transparent or effective manner.
March 8: Pope Benedict's brother, Georg Ratzinger, is linked with abuse cases in Germany. Der Spiegel reports sexual abuse at two boarding schools where Ratzinger worked, though the choirmaster is not accused of perpetrating abuses.
March 12: The Pope is dragged into the clergy scandal in his native Germany. As Archbishop of Munich and Freising in 1980, Benedict reportedly approved the transfer of Peter Hullerman, a priest accused of molesting boys, to therapy. After being treated, Hullerman returned to pastoral duties and abused more children. He was finally convicted of sexual abuse in 1986.
March 13: The Vatican says the Hullerman allegations are an "aggressive" attempt to smear the Pope's name, and insists Benedict had nothing to do with the decision to transfer the priest to therapy.
March 15: It emerges that Hullerman is still practising as a priest in Germany. He is immediately suspended from his duties.
March 20: Facing calls for his resignation, Pope Benedict writes an open letter apologizing to victims of sexual abuse by the Catholic priesthood. "You have suffered grievously and I am truly sorry," he writes in the "most comprehensive statement yet" on the crisis.
March 24: The Pope is accused of failing to defrock Lawrence Murphy, a priest who allegedly molested as many as 200 deaf boys in Wisconsin during the 1960s and 70s. A canonical trial to dismiss the priest in 1996 was halted after Murphy personally wrote to Ratzinger to protest the trial because he was in poor health and had "already repented."
even tried to normalize pedophilia in 2010.
In his traditional Christmas address yesterday to cardinals and officials working in Rome, Pope Benedict XVI
claimed that child pornography was increasingly considered “normal” by society. “In the 1970s, paedophilia
was theorised as something fully in conformity with man and even with children,” the Pope said.
Ratzenger went on, “It was maintained — even within the realm of Catholic theology — that there is no such
thing as evil in itself or good in itself. There is only a ‘better than’ and a ‘worse than’. Nothing is good or bad in itself.”
The message being that morals are relative and that child sexual abuse is just a relative normal that can't be said
to be inherently wrong. Ratzenger is attempting to relativize morals so that the Catholic Church's pedophilia
can be justified as just a different set of morals.
The only time Ratzenger mentions the abuse scandals is becuase they brought
“humiliation” on the Church. He doesn't care about the victims, he only cares about he reputation
of the church and the financial impacts the scandal has upon the Church.
Asking how abuse exploded within the Church, the Pontiff called on senior clerics “to repair as much as possible
the injustices that occurred” and to help victims heal through a better presentation of the Christian message.
“We cannot remain silent about the context of these times in which these events have come to light,” he said,
citing the growth of child pornography “that seems in some way to be considered more and more normal by society” he said.
But outraged Dublin victim Andrew Madden insisted that child abuse was not considered normal in the company he kept.
Child pornography is not normal - anywhere in any society.
Madden said: “That is not normal. I don’t know what company the Pope has been keeping for the past 50 years.”
Angry abuse victims in America last night said that while some Church officials have blamed the liberalism
of the 1960s for the Church’s sex abuse scandals and cover-up catastrophes, Pope Benedict had come
up with a new theory of blaming the 1970s.
“Catholics should be embarrassed to hear their Pope talk again and again about abuse while doing little or
nothing to stop it and to mischaracterise this heinous crisis,” said Barbara Blaine, the head of SNAP, the
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.
Benedict's native Germany to the USA, abuse victims and campaigners have criticised an eight-year papacy
that struggled to cope with the flood of disclosures of crimes and abuse rampant for decades within the church.
Norbert Denef, of the NetworkB group of German abuse victims, said: "The rule of law is more important than a new pope."
Denef, 64, from the Baltic coast of north Germany, was abused as a boy by his local priest for six years. In 2003,
Denef took his case to the bishop of Magdeburg. He was offered €25,000 (then £17,000) in return for a signed
pledge of silence about what he suffered as a six-year-old boy. He then raised the issue with the Vatican and
received a letter that said Pope John Paul II would pray for him so that Denef could forgive his molester.
"We won't miss this pope," said Denef. He likened the Vatican's treatment of the molestation disclosures to
"mafia-style organised crime rings".
That view was echoed by David Clohessy in the US, executive director of SNAP (Survivors' Network of those
Abused by Priests), an organisation with 12,000 members: "His record is terrible. Before he became pope,
his predecessor put him in charge of the abuse crisis.
"He has read thousands of pages of reports of the abuse cases from across the world. He knows more about
clergy sex crimes and cover-ups than anyone else in the church yet he has done precious little to protect children."
Jakob Purkarthofer, of Austria's Platform for Victims of Church Violence, said: "Ratzinger was part of the
system and co-responsible for these crimes."
Under the German pope, his native country, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Austria were rocked by clerical
sex-abuse scandals, triggering revulsion at the clergy in Europe just when Benedict saw his mission as
leading a Catholic revival on a secular continent.
Before becoming pope, there were also major scandals in the US and Ireland at a time when Pope John Paul
II had put the then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in charge of dealing with them.
A combination of deep rancour and disgust over the crimes and disaffection with the conservative ethics of
the Catholic hierarchy has nudged the church in Austria towards schism, with rebel priests leading an
anti-Vatican movement of hundreds of thousands, dubbed We Are The Church.
"He should have come clean about the abuses, but was not really able to change anything fundamentally,"
said Purkarthofer. "The resignation is a chance for real change, perhaps the best thing he could have done
for the church."
While also intensely critical, some Irish victims of the seminaries, convent schools, and church-run orphanages
gave the pope the benefit of the doubt, but lamented that not enough action had followed Benedict's
expressions of remorse in the spring of 2010.
"When the pope issued his pastoral letter to the people of Ireland we welcomed it," said one Irish campaigner.
"Because of the sincerity of the words in that letter from the pope in the name of the church. He said he was
'truly sorry' and accepted that our 'dignity had been violated'.
"So we went on to meet the group of bishops in Ireland thinking that this would be a new era. But what we
got instead were pastoral platitudes and special masses offered up."
The fallout from these scandals continues to reverberate. Campaigners for justice
protested in the ancient west German city of Trier when the country's church leadership gathered. Last month
a church-sponsored inquiry into the abuses collapsed in disarray amid recrimination between the clergy
and outside criminologists involved in the examination.
A similar situation persists in Austria, where a church-led inquiry into the abuse and compensation has
degenerated, in the view of activists, into a smokescreen. In Belgium, where the head of the church nationally
had to resign and then made matters worse by going on television to plead innocence while admitting "intimacy"
by having boys in his bed, there are parallel frustrations with the partial nature of the church's openness.
A couple of years ago US activists sought to file a criminal suit against the Vatican at the international war
crimes tribunal in The Hague, while victims' associations responded to the current drama by demanding an
international commission be set up to examine Catholic paedophilia, independent of the church.
John Kelly, one founder of Ireland's Survivors of Child Abuse group and a former inmate at Dublin's notorious
Artane Industrial School, which was run by the Christian Brothers, said Benedict had resisted their demands
to properly investigate and disband religious orders tainted by sexual and physical abuse.
"In our view, we were let down in terms of promises of inquiries, reform and most importantly of all the
Vatican continuing not to acknowledge that any priest or religious bodies found guilty of child abuse
would face the civil authorities and be tried for their crimes in the courts.
"I'm afraid to say Pope Benedict won't be missed as the Vatican continued to block proper investigations
into the abuse scandals during his term in office. Nor are we confident that things are going to be different
because of all the conservative Cardinals he appointed. For us, he broke his word."
The Austrian campaigner called for church files on paedophilia to be opened and generous
compensation for the victims.
Denef pointed to the discrepancies between the response in the US and in Europe, insisting that
clergy suspects must be brought before the law.
"From our point of view, Ratzinger did nothing to support the victims. Instead, perpetrators and
serial perpetrators were protected and moved to new jobs," he said.
"Victims in the US have been compensated sometimes with more than a million dollars and the
personal files of the perpetrators were put on the internet. But the victims of sexual violence by
the clergy in Germany had to settle for a few thousand euros, often conditional on pledges
of silence and no more claims.