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Cardinal Sin

Which Cardinal wrote the following to every Roman Catholic Bishop in 2001 regarding allegations of sexual abuse within its ranks?

Charges were to be investigated “in the most secretive way … restrained by a perpetual silence … and everyone … is to observe the strictest secret which is commonly regarded as a secret of the Holy Office … under the penalty of excommunication.

Step forward Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger better known now as Pope Benedict XVI.

He was quoting from official Vatican policy on the matter drawn up in 1962.

I sincerely hope that the victims of systematic and cruel abuse by priests and nuns in Ireland will not be fooled by yesterday’s  pathetic “apology” issued by the pope. Using your skill and judgement click here and decide how sincere the apology might be.

And to think this guy is coming here in September to lecture us on morals and about living a good life and has had the temerity to have a go at the British government over equality legislation.

Pass the sick bag.

Say it ain’t so,Joe please, say it ain’t so
That’s not what I want to hear Joe
Ain’t I got a right to know
Say it ain’t so, Joe please, say it ain’t so
I’m sure they’re telling us lies Joe
Please tell us it ain’t so

They told us our hero has played his trump card
He doesn’t know how to go on
We’re clinging to his charm and determined smile
But the good old days are gone,

The image and the empire may be falling apart
The money has gotten scarce
One man’s word held the country together
But the truth is getting fierce

Say it ain’t so, Joe please, say it ain’t so
We pinned our hopes on you Joe
And they’re ruining our show

Edited to include this great version by Roger Daltrey: