At Easter Mass no less:
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A leading cardinal defended Pope Benedict at an unusual address at the pontiff’s Easter Sunday Mass, saying the Church would not be intimidated by “petty gossip” about sexual abuse of children by priests.
But in his own Easter address hours later, the pope, looking at times weary, did not mention the scandal that has engulfed the Church and posed a crisis in his five-year-old pontificate.
The surprise speech by Cardinal Angelo Sodano was the first time in recent memory that the ritual of a papal Easter Sunday Mass was changed so someone could address the pope at the start.
“The people of God are with you and will not let themselves be influenced by the petty gossip of the moment, by the trials that sometimes assail the community of believers,” Sodano said.
Petty gossip ???
It’s a crime, and it’s child rape.
These old men truly don’t get the magnitude of the problem that they have, and the damage they are doing to the institution they represent every time they open their mouths.