If you didn't know already, the new Pope is a homophobe.
Not only that, but Ratzinger, (some might say criminally), 'obstructed justice' after it emerged he issued an order ensuring the church's investigation into child abuse claim's be kept secret.
The Catholic faith does not deserve this bigoted, prejudiced and criminal man at it's head. He should be deposed, (or even excommunicated), immediately.
'The order was made in a confidential letter, obtained by The Observer, which was sent to every Catholic bishop in May 2001.
It asserted the church's right to hold its inquiries behind closed doors and keep the evidence confidential for up to 10 years after the victims reached adulthood. The letter was signed by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who was elected as John Paul II's successor last week.
Lawyers acting for abuse victims claim it was designed to prevent the allegations from becoming public knowledge or being investigated by the police. They accuse Ratzinger of committing a 'clear obstruction of justice'.
The Observer article goes on;
'Daniel Shea, the lawyer for the two alleged victims who discovered the letter, said: 'It speaks for itself. You have to ask: why do you not start the clock ticking until the kid turns 18? It's an obstruction of justice.'
Here's what the Gay People's Chronicle has to say about the new Pope;
While Perry’s comments were measured and political, executive director Matt Foreman of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force was more blunt.
“Today, the princes of the Roman Catholic Church elected as pope a man whose record has been one of unrelenting, venomous hatred for gay people,” Foreman said. “As a long-time Catholic from a staunchly Catholic family, I know that the history of the church is full of shameful, centuries-long chapters involving vilification, persecution, and violence against others.”
“Someday, the church will apologize to gay people as it has to others it has oppressed in the past,” he opined. “I very much doubt that this day will come during this pope’s reign.”
“In fact,” he concluded, “it seems inevitable that this pope will cause even more pain and give his successors even more for which to seek atonement.”
Ratzinger, who was born in 1927, joined the Hitler Youth when he was 14, and was later conscripted into the German army. He was posted as a guard at a factory using slave labor from a concentration camp before deserting the army and being picked up as a prisoner of war by American forces.
Ratzinger has said that resisting either the military service or membership in the Hitler Youth would have meant his death, but other people from his home town of Traunstein tell a different story.
“It was possible to resist, and those people set an example for others,” 84-year-old Elizabeth Lohner told the London Times, as quoted in the New York Post. “The Ratzingers were young--and they had made a different choice.”
If Ratzinger clearly cared enough about humanity as a whole, he would atone for his past membership of the Hitler Youth and the German army. As the lady above points out, he had a clear moral choice to object to what was being done in the name of the German people, and quite clearly, he did not. He was part of the system of abuse, and did not stand up to it.
The Nazi's murdered millions. In particular, they went after Jews, gypsys, the disabled, Russians, Poles and gay people.
Why has Ratzinger not the balls to stand up and;
a.) Condemn the crime which the Nazi's perpetrated, (crimes in which he was complicit), in the strongest terms.
b.) Apologise for his involvement in the Hitler youth and German army.
c.) Apologise to all gay people for obstructing their cause of equality and human rights.
d.) Apologise to the victims of paedophilic abuse whose search for justice he blocked and obstructed.
How can this man look the 1.1 billion Catholic citizen's of the world in the eye and claim to be a man of God???