useful links about the crisis



Question: Who said: ‘Not all sex involving children is unwanted and abusive’?

Peter Hitchens | Daily Mail, London | 13 Sept 2010
Answer: The Pope's biggest British critic

The Pope deserves better from Britain

London Telegraph
Pope Benedict XVI is a serious man whose message risks being drowned out by misguided noise

It’s those who oppose Pope Benedict XVI’s visit who are the real bigots

Daily Mail
'I have been trying to puzzle out the sheer bloody mindedness and unreasonableness of some of the Pope’s critics', writes and Anglican journalist.

Report to the Council of Europe

Cesnur | June 22
Statement of Dr Massimo Introvigne

Do You Despair Over the Current Crisis in the Church?

New Oxford Review
Anyone with a sense of history should know that such things can go on and have gone on throughout the life of the Church.

Time takes aim at the papacy, and misfires

Our Sunday Visitor
But then, who thought Time would want to separate itself from the media pack?

Eunuchs for the Kingdom of Heaven. The Argument over Celibacy

Chiesa
A handy summary of the history of clerical celibacy.

Pope Benedict XVI and the Sexual Abuse Crisis

Our Sunday Visitor
Introduction to a just published book from Our Sunday Visitor president Gregory Erlandson.

Self-examination: Catholic communicators look to address scandal

The Catholic Spirit
Those expecting a round of media-bashing were disappointed.

Pope Benedict and the Scandal Mongers

National Review
Behind the breathless predictions of the collapse of the Church is the incomprehension of its nature, says Conrad Black.

Here’s a crazy idea: What if the Pope is innocent?

Crickey | Paul Mees | Apr 23
Evidence is facts tending to suggest guilt, not blogs and op-eds.

Peggy Noonan’s Church History

American Spectator
Peggy Noonan is usually so good. But she is stuck in the past with regard to the Catholic Church's response to sexual abuse.

Abuse isn’t just a Catholic problem

London Times | Jack Valero | Apr 23
Yes, the Church needs purging of paedophiles, and has brought in tough guidelines to throw them out, but what of abusers in schools and families?

A more honest media would relentlessly hunt down child abuse wherever it is found

Irish Independent
Coverage of the Church's sex abuse scandals is now thoroughly unhinged.

Despite media smears, world and faithful have warmed to Benedict

Irish Times | Vincent Twomey | Apr 19
A robust defence of the Pope on the fifth anniversary of his election

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