Cardinal Maradiaga: Media Persecutes Catholic Church Over Sex Abuse

Cardinal Maradiaga: Media Persecutes Catholic Church Over Sex Abuse

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga
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In an interview with the Italian magazine 30 Giorni (30 Days), Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Honduras denounces the "persecution" of the Catholic Church at the hands of the American media.

According to Maradiaga, who is sometimes described as a leading candidate for the next papacy:



We all know that Ted Turner is openly anti-Catholic, and he is the owner not just of CNN but also Time-Warner. This is to say nothing of dailies such as The New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Boston Globe, protagonists of what I do not hesitate to call a persecution of the Church. ...

In a moment in which the attention of the mass media was focused on what was happening in the Middle East, the injustices directed against the Palestinian people, the TV and the newspapers in the United States became obsessed with sexual scandals that happened forty years ago, thirty years ago.

Why? I think it has to do with these motives: What Church has received Arafat the most and has called for the creation of a Palestinian state the most? What Church has never accepted that Jerusalem should be the indivisible capital of the state of Israel, but must be the capital of the three great monotheistic religions? What Church opposes abortion, euthanasia, and the death penalty? What Church does not accept projects for the family that are not in keeping with God's plan?

It's the Catholic Church. It is the only one, to put it this way, that stands in the way of a dehumanizing political campaign. Only in this fashion can I explain the ferocity that reminds me of the times of Nero and Diocletian, and more recently, of Stalin and Hitler."

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga also compares the treatment of Cardinal Law to the trials of priests held in communist countries:

"I know him well. He is a man who has done much good for us in Latin America, and now we suffer for him and we suffer for the injustice of what is defined as justice. I heard that the judge who is conducting the case is one who supports all the feminist movements [Judge Constance M. Sweeney of the Massachusetts Superior Court].

Thus it happened that despite the fact that the cases in the United States take a long time, Cardinal Law was quickly subjected to interrogation using methods that recall the most dark times of Stalinist processes against churchmen in Eastern Europe. The transcripts from these interrogations were put into circulation on the Internet and published with great emphasis by all the big dallies.

I don't agree with this theatrical form of justice. This is not justice. I repeat, this is persecution."

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga goes on to reject the idea that bishops should report to the police any priest who has raped or molested children:

"We bishops must not forget that we are pastors, not agents of the FBI or CIA. We just always ask how Jesus would conduct himself. Pedophilia is a sickness, and those with this sickness must leave the priesthood. But the accusations must always be proved with a just process and without persecution from civil authorities, which is what is actually happening."

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga does not reject the idea that bishops should police and discipline priests who deviate from orthodox beliefs and start preaching heretical doctrines. He merely rejects the idea that bishops should act as police to protect children from being raped by priests.

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