“The stench of evil”: Christopher Hitchens on Pope Benedict’s cover-up of priest pedophilia

Christopher Hitchens at Slate this week:

The Roman Catholic Church is headed by a mediocre Bavarian bureaucrat once tasked with the concealment of the foulest iniquity, whose ineptitude in that job now shows him to us as a man personally and professionally responsible for enabling a filthy wave of crime. Ratzinger himself may be banal, but his whole career has the stench of evil—a clinging and systematic evil that is beyond the power of exorcism to dispel. What is needed is not medieval incantation but the application of justice—and speedily at that.

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3 Responses to “The stench of evil”: Christopher Hitchens on Pope Benedict’s cover-up of priest pedophilia

  1. KPL says:

    Mr Hitchens is spot on but shouldn’t the Pope and all of these Bishops guilty of any concealment of any injustice no matter how small be subject to police investigation and punished accordingly? It is truly unbelievable that now, in the twenty first century, people like these can be allowed to operate. Evil is not even a strong enough word for them

  2. Alexander says:

    MR. Hitchens is a typical atheist. He has no new arguements, uses big words and just screams abusive language. This is a low level way of attacking. At least do a proper study of the case and you will find out contrary to what the media says, that the Pope is not responsible for the actions of the priests like a manager is of his employees. The ones most at fault are the bishops in the diocese of which the priest is a part. The Pope’s letter to the Irish bishops shows points this out very clearly. He apologises on behalf of these priest and bishops, very decent of him, but also condems them for what they have done and tells them to pray to God for forgivness.

    • Ross says:

      What a load of rubbish. This is not simply about a bunch of arse-bandit priets, its about the Church’s actions in protecting these criminals for the sake of the Church’s image.

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