"The Proper Respect for Persons," If, That Is, They Deserve It

by
Abby Zimet

In the Catholic Church's latest act of obliviousness, the Vatican
issued an unprecedented public rebuke of a top cardinal who had the
audacity to a. accuse another cardinal of suppressing the truth about
sex-abuse cover-ups in the church and b. suggest the irrational policy
of clerical celibacy contributes to those abuses. The silencing of Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn,
archbishop of Vienna, shows yet again that Pope Benedict needs to spend
less time on PR and more time reading his Bible: John 8:32: "You shall
know the truth, and the truth shall set you
free."

"It is recalled that in the Church, when accusations are
made against a
Cardinal, the competence [of judgment] rests solely with the Pope;
other instances have a function of consultation, always with the proper
respect for persons."

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