In One Eye

Monday, August 08, 2005
 
Once again it looks as if the Church of Rome is trying to sweep its pederasty under the rug.
Roman Catholic Archbishop William Levada, soon to be the highest ranking American at the Vatican, celebrated his last Sunday Mass [in San Francisco] before thousands of admiring parishioners.

But the event also drew critics. And minutes before Levada began the procession to the altar at St. Mary's Cathedral he was handed a subpoena to testify concerning sex abuse cases again clergy members ...

Levada has never been accused of sex abuse, but victims' groups, such as the national Survivors Network of Those Abused By Priests, have claimed that he failed to rigorously pursue allegations of clergy molestation of children.

He was served a subpoena requiring him give a deposition concerning sex abuse allegations against priests in the Portland, Ore., Archdiocese, where he was archbishop from 1986-1995.
In a Bush-like appointment,
Levada, of Long Beach, Calif., will leave later this month for his new appointment as head of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the post held by former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger before he was elected Pope Benedict XVI. In his role, Levada will help shape Catholic doctrine and play a major part in determining the church's response to claims of priestly sexual abuse.
This sure sounds like putting the fox in charge of the henhouse. At the least, it's comparable to the odious Bernard Law's appointment where the enabler was given sanctuary in the loving arms of the Vatican.