(For those of you unfamiliar with gay slang, "chicken" means "young" and a chickenhawk is an older gay man who chases very young men.)
I suppose it had to happen. I should have been able to predict this but I did not allow myself the luxury of suspecting that our biggest enemy, B16, the German Shepherd, would be personally guilty and in need of "retirement".
First there was the exit of Cardinal Law. Recently we met those guilty Irish bishops. There was that prostitution ring operated within the walls of the Vatican. There were those violated German choirboys perhaps associated with a priest who is B16's brother, and now the Pope's own Vicar General when he, B16, was archbishop of Munich has expressed his guilt over having kept a known pedophile in active ministry while B16 was archbishop of Munich. The Vicar General says that B16 was not directly involved in that decision.
"Vicar" is an interesting word. It denotes "stand-in" or "substitute". The Pope claims to be the Vicar of Christ. That is why he claims infallibility in matters of faith and morals. He says perfectly and only what Jesus would say on those matters. Gerhard Gruber was B16's vicar. B16 is the vicar of Jesus.
This is much easier than tracing the chain of command at General Motors, and in the American mind will demand the same type of accountability and reparation.
If I were a reporter in Rome right now, I'd be ringing the doorbell at Santa Maria Maggiore where I'd ask Cardinal Law if he thought that B16 ought to retire. What do you think he'd say, this ambitious prince of the Church and brilliant politician who never laid a hand on a kid but had his career scuttled by priests who did. I think the Pope should kneel before Bernard Law and let the disgraced cardinal decide whether or not the Pope should take responsibility for what happened during his watch.
I am quite sure the Catholics of this world have already reached that decision. And we certainly know what the chickens would say.
And for the record, I do not believe the Vicar for one second when he says that B16 didn't know anything about the maintenance of that pedophile priest.
(photo by David Lachapelle)