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posted at 2/9/2012 6:44 AM EST
"Vatican sex crimes prosecutor's warnings to bishops continue to fall on deaf ears," reads the heading of this thread. Not so. Ears listening are likely hearing what they expect.
One who had actually read the citation rather than merely foamed over it would know that Msgr. Charles Scicluna was quoted as having said, "Bishops must follow the Catholic Church's laws and standards"--that is to say, they are not to follow different laws and standards of civil society. Hardly surprising, coming from a representative of Congregatio pro Doctrina Fidei.
Today's Congregation follows the lineage of Sacra Congregatio Romanae et Universalis Inquisitionis seu Sancti Officii, begun in 1542 by Pope Paul III, an adulterer who fathered three sons and a daughter by a mistress. Before its current prefect, William Joseph Cardinal Levada, former Archbishop of San Francisco, from 1981 to 2005 it was headed by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI. [Norman Tanner, New Short History of the Catholic Church, Rev. Ed., Burns & Oates, 2011, p. 170]