Posted by: Editorial Post
in The Way We See It on April 05, 2010
From the April 4, 2010 CSI Walworth County Sunday "The Way we see it" column:
Though Christians today celebrate another joyous Easter, the Roman Catholic Church continues to be roiled by the devastating sex crimes committed for decades around the world by pederast priests. And now, sadly, Wisconsin is in the spotlight, thanks, in part, to a disgraced former archbishop who is desperate to rehabilitate his shattered reputation.
Rembert Weakland, the longtime head of the Milwaukee Catholic Archdiocese, has somehow emerged in recent days as a sympathetic figure in a scandal that ought to consign him to permanent ignominy. Weakland alleged late last month that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger — today Pope Benedict XVI — failed in 1996 to act on Weakland’s request to defrock Father Lawrence Murphy, who is believed to have sexually abused some 200 boys in his 25 years at St. John’s School for the Deaf in St. Francis. Ratzinger’s deputy allegedly declined to approve a church trial, citing Murphy’s failing health and the time that had passed since the crimes.