about Just B16

Just B16 is MercatorNet’s contribution to clearing the air about the sex abuse scandal enveloping Pope Benedict XVI and the Catholic Church. Last year, in our “Our public intellectual A-list” we described Benedict as “the world's leading voice for human dignity founded upon the divine creation of man” – which he undoubtedly is. We feel that ill-informed, unjust and vicious attacks on Benedict’s credibility will ultimately undermine the credibility of human dignity itself.

MercatorNet is not a Catholic publication, although the editor and the deputy editor are both Catholics. We have always steered clear of ecclesiastical disputes and doctrinal quibbles. But our rule of thumb has always been to cover religious issues if they appear on the front page of the New York Times. Since the sex abuse scandal has sent the Times into a feeding frenzy worthy of the most lurid tabloids, with front-page articles nearly every day (at least in March), we feel that Just B16 is hardly compromising our editorial principles.

We are unencumbered by starry-eyed naïveté. We accept, with great shame and chagrin, that there are paedophile priests and that there are delinquent bishops and cardinals. But we will try to put these in context and we will refuse to be cowed by bullying, abuse and perverse misinterpretation.

The site will feature reports on developments, positive and negative, links to informative and balanced articles on the internet, and reflections on the crisis and the coverage. We welcome suggestions. 

contact us

The editor of Just B16 is Michael Cook, the editor of MercatorNet. Contact him on mcook@mercatornet.com
 
 
about this blog 

Search this blog

 Subscribe to Just B16 newsletter
get posts by email or
rss Subscribe to Just B16 RSS feed

 Recent Posts
My Brother the Pope
11 May 2012
Pope Benedict goes where no pontiff has gone before…
30 Jun 2011
No “smoking gun” in Irish TV revelations
21 Jan 2011
Pope and clerical abuse: evidence for the defence
6 Dec 2010
US “surprised” at election of Benedict - Wikileaks
1 Dec 2010

 Archive
May 2012 | Jun 2011 | Jan 2011 | more >>

 Tags
abuse, abuse crisis, Andrew Sullivan, AP, apologies, arrest the Pope, atheists, Austria, Belgium, Benedict XVI, Bishop Pierre Pican, Bishop Walter Mixa, Bishop William Lori, bishops, book reviews, Boston Archdiocese, Boy Scouts, Brendan O'Neill, campaign, Canada, canon law, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos, Cardinal Hans Groer, Cardinal Newman, Cardinal Ratzinger, Cardinal Sean O'Malley, cartoons, Castrillon, Catholic Church, celibacy, charles scicluna, Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, chastity, child pornography, Church, clean-up, clerical dispensations, Communism, condoms, Connecticut, conspiracy, cover-ups, credibility, Damian Thompson, David Cameron, defrocking, Der Spiegel, Dershowitz, documents, Evangelical, Evo Morales, Fr Alvin Campbell, Fr Lawrence Murphy, Fr Marcial Maciel, Fr Rene Bissey, Fr Stephen Kiesle, France, George Pell, George Weigel, Germany, history, history of crisis, holiness, Holy See v. John Doe, homosexuality, humor, imported priests, insurance, international law, internet, Ireland, Italy, Jeff Anderson, Jeffrey Anderson, Jewish defender, Jewish defender Sam Miller, Jewish defenders, Jewish sex abuse, Jews, John Jay report, judicial activism, Kathryn Jean Lopez, Kentucky class action suit, Kenya, Kiesle, Laurie Goodstein, law, Lawrence C. Murphy, lawsuit, lawsuits, Legionaries of Christ, Levada, Light of the World, Lithuania, London Times, Malta, media, media bias, media coverage, media credibility, media criticism, media ethics, Michael Gerson, Milwaukee, Miranda Devine, Monsignor Charles Scicluna, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, moral authority, moral panic, morale, narratives, Natinal Review Online, Nazi, new atheists, New York, New York times, New York Times, Obama administration , ordination of women, Oregon suit, origins, paedophilia, Papal credibility, Papal visit to UK, pedophilia, Peggy Noonan, penance, Peter Tatchell, Pew Forum, Pius XI, Polanski, policy, Pope Benedict, Pope Benedict XVI, Pope John Paul II, pornography, Portugal, priest abuse crisis, priest crisis, priests, propaganda, public approval ratings, public opinion, public relations, punitive damages, Reformation Day, reforms, Rembert Weakland, reporting abuse, resignations, Richard Dawkins, Ross Douthat, Sacramentorum Sanctitatis Tutela, same-sex marriage, Schönborn, Scouts, secrecy, secularism, seminaries, sex abuse, sex abuse safeguards, sex abuse survivors, sexual abuse, sexual revolution, sin, Sinead O’Connor, SNAP, sociology, sovereign state, Spain, Spiked, statistics, statute of limitations, stem cells, Stephen Kiesle, support, supporters, Tarciso Bertone, teachers, theologians, theology, transparency, Twitter, U.S. bishops' charter, U.S. priest abuse scandal, UK, UK visit, United Kingdom, US, US politics, US schools, Vatican, Vatican media response, victims, victims of sex abuse, video, visit to UK, Washington Post, Weakland, Wikileaks, youth, YouTube,
Follow MercatorNet
Facebook
Twitter
Newsletters
Sections and Blogs
Harambee
PopCorn
Conjugality
Careful!
Family Edge
Sheila Reports
Reading Matters
Demography Is Destiny
Bioedge
Conniptions (the editorial)
Connecting
Information
our ideals
our People
Mercator who?
partner sites
audited accounts
donate
New Media Foundation
Suite 212
75 Archer Street
Chatswood NSW 2067
Australia

editor@mercatornet.com
+61 2 9007 1187

© New Media Foundation 2014 | powered by Encyclomedia | designed by Elleston