Socialist entertainer Jon Stewart is full of B.S. in his “reporting” on the Catholic Church, but most especially in his mockery of Pope Benedict XVI in regard to the Murphy case. There is perhaps no story that gives the Left more glee than that of priests committing acts of sexual abuse of children and teenage boys. As a mother of four awesome kids, nothing causes me more pain than stories of the abuse of children. When several of my compatriots blogged here at NRB about the plight of children who live under Islamic Sharia Law, the issue was too upsetting for me to join in the coverage because it is the struggle of innocent children that most deeply disturbs me in today’s world. Reporting about the lies of the leftist media against the Pope is not a difficulty, though.
In mocking the Pope and perpetuating the misguided view that the NYTimes report on the matter is to be believed, Jon Stewart grossly misled his viewers. Here are some important facts that will never see the light of day except on the pages of media outlets staffed by people who care more about the truth than about demonizing the Pope. Good luck finding any of those in big media.
This story about Pope Benedict is somewhat analogous to the reporting of one person’s 20-yr-old crimes of sexual abuse to the U.S. Supreme Court in a case that local civil authorities knew about but never brought to trial and then accusing the Supreme Court of “covering up” the crimes for not acting on the case. That’s right. These cases were reported to civil authorities in the seventies, but never brought to trial. The abuse by Father Murphy, which occurred from 1963-1974, was reported to Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) twenty years after the fact, in 1996. The Catholic Church is very big, in case you haven’t noticed, with many different roles for people, and Cardinal Ratzinger was then head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith [CDF]. Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict) was only informed of the matter because the CDF is the “theology wing” of the Catholic Church and because at least one of the charges involved abuse in the confessional. Had all of the abuse occurred apart from the performance of a sacrament, Cardinal Ratzinger would not have been informed at all because it wouldn’t have been in his jurisdiction. It makes no more sense to accuse Pope Benedict of wrongdoing here than it would be to accuse the Supreme Court for 20-year-old crimes or “cover-up” in a case they had no jurisdiction over.
Why is Jon Stewart ignoring the story about how local authorities dealt with these cases? He’s ignoring it because no one cares about that in the leftist media. Apparently, Stewart doesn’t really care what happened to the victims. What he really cares about is mocking the Pope, not being honest about what happened.
Jon Stewart, the NYTimes, and others in the Leftist media would do well to go after the child abusers themselves and those whose job it is to enforce the law instead of Pope Benedict. This media campaign against the Pope amounts wholly to just another example of the Left’s identity politics agenda rooted in their desire to “divide and conquer”. It has nothing to do with protecting children from abuse and everything to do with crushing the opposition while maintaining high ratings and website traffic. The Pope was right to refer to this media campaign against him as “petty gossip“.