The response from the Vatican hasn't been one of humility or repentance. They have done everything to protect the current pontiff, including claiming diplomatic immunity, blaming the New York Times for reporting on the story, to now equating criticisms of the Church to antisemitism.
The Rev. Raniero Cantalamessa [the Pope's personal preacher] said in a Good Friday homily with the pope listening in St. Peter's Basilica that a Jewish friend wrote to him to say the accusations remind him of the "more shameful aspects of anti-Semitism."Oh, really? Shall we look at what exactly the critic is and what the Church is equating to antisemitism? Let's:
The Times article drew on documents obtained from lawyers suing the church that showed that Vatican officials had at first ordered a secret canonical trial, then asked the archdiocese to suspend it after the priest pleaded for leniency to Cardinal Ratzinger. Wisconsin church officials protested the suspension, but followed it. The priest, the Rev. Lawrence C. Murphy, died a few months later.Cardinal Ratzinger is now Pope Benedict XVI.
Condemnation of the Church's cover-up of child abuse is the same as as antisemitism? The Church scandals of child abuse have been brewing for years now, and this is their response? We are now going to make the Church the victim instead of the innocent, helpless children that were abused under the powers of the Church and the perpetrators absolved of responsibility? If we're going to go there, I have to say this: this is not only preposterous and outrageous. It's also ironic charges of antisemitism-like victimization coming from a Vatican headed by a Pope who has a Hitler Youth past.
The Pope's preacher is pretending that there has been "collective violence" against the Church, presumably of the proverbial kind. Jewish groups are justifiably outraged. It's also rather ridiculous for the Church to be speaking of collective violence against it when under its cover, its priests perpetrated collective violence against children and got away with it.