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Aug. 18th, 2005 15:53
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having a GI bug of sorts. nothing terribly bad, just that it seems advisable not to remove myself from the vicinity of the porcelain god's shrine.

am logging a couple of things here that i commented on elsewhere, and want to loosely keep track of.


post by [livejournal.com profile] ladysisyphus.
and a little bit of research later, my comment:

ok, here's the skinny on the suit:

it accuses joseph ratzinger of conspiring with the archdiocese of galveston-houston to cover up sexual abuse during the mid-1990s. it's about ratzinger's actions before he was pope, as head of the "Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith". they claim that a letter he wrote as head of the CDF to the catholic bishops pretty much orders them to cover up sexual abuse, since it orders that preliminary investigations into any claims of abuse should be sent to the CDF, which then might refer them back to private tribunals in which the functions of judge, promoter of justice, notary and legal representative can validly be performed for these cases only by priests, and where ratzinger finally declares cases of this kind "subject to the pontifical secret" (as in: tattle, and get excommunicated).

the arch-diocese says that's nonsense, that what's meant to be confidential only refers to the procedures for handling these matters within the church, but does not preclude in any way for them to inform civil authorities for proper legal adjudication. also, they say all the proper steps were taken: the seminarian was removed from the parish, held at the seminary, and child protective services was informed. the arch-diocese expelled the man, and cut him loose after the police said no charges were being filed, and informed the bishop in colombia whence the seminarian hailed that he had been accused of sexual abuse.

oh, i just found it: here's a translation of the letter.

truth or not truth, it's really, really stupid publicity-wise. i don't even understand why this appeal to bush; the pope already has immunity as the vatican head of state. instead what i would like to see is what ladysisyphus writes up there: how about admitting the mistakes, and asking for forgiveness for what has been done to those children who were not as well protected by their church as they should have been. i think the world would be a better place if more church officials (and don't even get me started on "christian" politicians) asked themselves what jesus would do, instead of acting first and foremost legalistically. but hey, why change now. not like it's ever been different (reading about the catholic church during the middle ages makes today's catholic church seem white as the pure driven snow).




there's apparently a continuing downturn in the "short drive" crossings by americans, because:

- the canadian dollar is continuing to make gains
- rising fuel prices
- americans are under the impression that crossing the border is a lot more hassle now (and they are correct, but it's due to their own government's demands for more paperwork)

ah, here it is -- i was looking for documents showing that i remembered this correctly, and it appears that statcan has just released new data.



books in progress:

dorothy dunnett spring of the ram -- 2nd in her "house of niccolò" series. extremely complex historical fiction. reread. *love*.

mandy aftel, essence and alchemy: a natural history of perfume -- i am reading a page here and there; it doesn't really suck me in.

rita gilbert, living with art -- art appreciation. this is just excellent so far; the text is clear and uncluttered, and most of the accompanying art is actually right there on the same page so one doesn't need to page back and forth constantly. amusing bit: there's a picture of jan van eyck's Arnolfini Marriage, and i came across that on the same day i encountered giovanni arnolfini in dorothy dunnett's niccolò rising.

finished:

ralph mcinerny, the book of kills -- this is an academic mystery, which is a sub-genre i usually like, but this instance of it mostly bored me, and it seemed contrived to boot.

mary stewart, thunder on the right -- uninspired gothic, with too much of its plot having the "heroine" rely on male help in the form of -- *gasp*, who would have guessed -- the man she loves without actually realising it. the best part, as so often with stewart's gothics, is her sense of place; in this case the novel takes place in a remote area of the pyrenées, and i could really feel myself there (and i don't think that's so because i've actually been there; i've had similar feelings about others of her books that take place in locations í've not been to).

dorothy dunnett niccolò rising -- i can't do a review of this right now; it rocks too hard. :)

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