The Corner

The Pope and the Scandals

Margaret Carlson for the prosecution; me for the defense. From my entry:

Ratzinger’s record . . . has been distorted by critics. When he commented in 1990 that the standards of the world can’t always be applied to the life of the church – a claim that has to be true for any religious grouping – he wasn’t talking about how to handle allegations of sex abuse. He was telling theologians not to follow the polls.

Responsibility for dealing with the sex-abuse cases was centralized in Ratzinger’s office in 2001, and most observers say that the church’s record since that time has been much better than it had been before – and that it continued to improve once Ratzinger became Benedict. . . .

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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