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The Vatican Information Service has just released an unusually detailed communique relating to a meeting between Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn and Cardinal Angelo Sodano in which the Austrian cardinal was made to explain public criticism he had levelled against Sodano.
After Cardinal Sodano made a surprise speech at Easter criticising the media’s reports about abuse as “idle gossip”, Cardinal Schoenborn publicly accused the former Secretary of State of having deliberately obstructed an investigation into accusations of child abuse against Cardinal Herman Groer of Vienna. In today’s meeting, Pope Benedict seems to have done several things: he has reminded Cardinal Schoenborn that the disciplining of members of the hierarchy is the responsibility of the Pope, he has clarified Sodano’s controversial comments about “idle gossip” and has brought the two men together. Interesting.
This was sent out on the Vatican Bolletino email but doesn’t seem to be on the Vatican website yet. Fr Federico Lombardi SJ spoke about the developing, ever widening clerical sex abuse scandals in Germany, Austria, Holland and Ireland. He addressed the German Government’s criticism of the Church, and has said that the Church would bring its painful experience of dealing with sexual abuse cases to the round-table to discuss the issues.Rocco Palmo has the whole story here. Read the rest of this entry »