Defenders of the Faith
When it comes to charges of covering up for child sexual predators in the Catholic church, that there are some who will defend the indefensible, with any argument they can muster, probably surprises few. And when charges are leveled against the current Pope, the sophistry of his defenders can stretch the bounds of absurdity to the breaking point. Consider the following quote from a piece by Ratzinger apologist George Weigel:
The New York Times made available on its own website the supporting documentation for the story. In those documents, Cardinal Ratzinger himself does not take any of the decisions that allegedly frustrated the trial. Letters are addressed to him; responses come from his deputy.
Oh, the evil happenings that were taking place right under the future Pontiff’s nose without his blessed knowledge or holy acquiescence! If only somebody of moral rectitude and the wisdom of foresight had been there at the time to warn the good Cardinal of the wicked actions of his deputy, this whole unfortunate mess could surely have been avoided.
(Via Andrew Sullivan)