- Vatican US child sex abuse cases 'falling apart', by Karin Zeitvogel. AFP. August 11, 2010. A US lawyer who has successfully sued the US Roman Catholic church over the long-running child sex abuse scandal said cases against the Vatican are crumbling and he is throwing in the towel.
- Plaintiffs drop lawsuit against Vatican, by John Allen, Jr. National Catholic Reporter August 10, 2010.
- Plaintiffs give up sex abuse case against Vatican Associated Press. August 10, 2010. Three men who sought to hold the Vatican liable in an American court for sexual abuses by Roman Catholic priests in a Kentucky diocese are abandoning the case.
- In Vatican lawsuits, who’s really the little guy?, by John Allen, Jr. National Catholic Reporter June 4, 2010.
- Suing the Church, by Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. First Things May 26, 2010.
- Obama administration sides with Vatican in Oregon case, by John Allen, Jr. (National Catholic Reporter). In a strongly worded brief for the United States Supreme Court, the Obama administration has sided with the Vatican in an Oregon lawsuit that names the Holy See as a defendant for its role in the sexual abuse crisis.
- New Lawsuit Shows Letters to Vatican on Sexual Abuse Earlier Than Previously Thought, by Laurie Goodstein. New York Times April 23, 2010.
- Lawsuit tries tough sell: Vatican as business, by Dinesh Ramde and Eric Gorski. Associated Press. April 23, 2010.
- Statement of the Holy See's U.S. Lawyer on the Murphy Case With reference to a lawsuit against the Holy See that lawyers in the United States have filed at a federal court in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the name of a victim of sexual abuse by a member of the clergy, the Vatican press office published a declaration released by Jeffrey Lena, the Holy See's attorney in the United States. April 23, 2010.
Concerning Cardinal Ratzinger and the CDF
- Church Office Failed to Act on Abuse Scandal, by Laurie Goodstein and David M. Halbfinger. New York Times July 1, 2010, charge that "The future pope, it is now clear, was also part of a culture of nonresponsibility, denial, legalistic foot-dragging and outright obstruction."
- Contra the NYTimes, by Michael Sean Winters. National Catholic Reporter July 2, 2010:
This morning’s New York Times “expose” regarding then-Cardinal Ratzinger’s role in the Vatican’s response to the clergy sex abuse crisis exposes more than it intended. It exposes the fact that the authors, Laurie Goodstein and David Halbfinger, and their editors, do not understand what they are talking about and, at times, put forward such an unrelentingly tendentious report, it is difficult to attribute it to anything less than animus.
- Going after Benedict — again GetReligion July 2, 2010:
... apart from the dramatic set-up and a bit of hearsay, the claims of the piece come nowhere near being proven. Even [Bishop Geoffrey] Robinson’s last quote is to say that Ratzinger was “extraordinarily supportive of what we were doing” to combat child abuse.
- Another vicious, inaccurate, and contradictory New York Times attack on Pope Benedict, by Phil Lawler. CatholicCulture.org July 2, 2010:
It is not clear, then, why the Vatican bears the bulk of the responsibility for the sex-abuse scandal. Still less clear is why the main focus of that responsibility should be Pope Benedict. On that score, too, the Times blatantly contradicts its own argument. Buried in the Times story—on the 3rd page in the print edition, in the 46th paragraph of the article—is a report on one Vatican official who stood out at that 2000 meeting in Rome, calling for more effective action on sexual abuse.
An exception to the prevailing attitude, several participants recalled, was Cardinal Ratzinger. He attended the sessions only intermittently and seldom spoke up. But in his only extended remarks, he made clear that he saw things differently from others in the Curia.
- How Do You Spell Tendentious?, by R.R. Reno. First Things July 2, 2010:
It’s almost always tedious to refute tendentious reporting. In any event the article ends up refuting itself, because the various bishops closely involved in the Vatican’s admittedly inadequate responses to the sexual-abuse crisis uniformly praise Ratzinger.
The Case of Father Lawrence Murphy of Milwaukee, WI
- Vatican Declined to Defrock U.S. Priest Who Abused Boys, by Laurie Goodstein. New York Times March 24, 2010. The charge: "Top Vatican officials — including the future Pope Benedict XVI — did not defrock a priest who molested as many as 200 deaf boys, even though several American bishops repeatedly warned them that failure to act on the matter could embarrass the church."
- Events in the Case of an Accused Priest by Laurie Goodstein. New York Times March 31, 2010.
- Smoking Gun Memo In Murphy Paedophilia Case!, by Jimmy Akin. National Catholic Register April 5, 2010. "[An accurate translation of the memos] reveals just how completely wrong the New York Times and the mainstream media have gotten this story."
- Lost in translation, Vatican edition Get Religion April 8, 2010. "I hope that it’s possible to simultaneously condemn the abuse of children that has taken place, to criticize the Vatican’s handling of the problem over the years, and to hope that the media work to cover this story more responsibly than we’ve been seeing."
- Italian political paper: "New York Times needs consultants more than Vatican does" Catholic News Agency April 6, 2010. Charging a failure in translation, the influential Italian political newspaper Il Foglio published an article today criticizing the New York Times for relying on a computer-generated translation from Italian to English of important responses from the Vatican to a sex abuse case.
- Cardinal Levada to NY Times: Reconsider 'attack mode' against Pope Benedict March 30th, 2010. Catholic San Francisco's editorial by the current Prefect for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith. "As I write this response today (March 26, 2010) I have had to admit to them that I am not proud of America’s newspaper of record, the New York Times, as a paragon of fairness."
- Milwaukee church judge clarifies case of abusive priest Father Murphy Catholic Anchor March 29, 2010. Fr. Thomas Brundage, JLC - then-presiding judge for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee gives first-person account of the canonical proceedings against Father Lawrence Murphy.
- Remarks by Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki at the end of the March 30, 2010 Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Milwaukee:
The Holy Father does not need me to defend him or his decisions. I believe, and history will confirm that his actions in responding to this crisis, swiftly and decisively and his compassionate response to victims/surviovrs, speak for themselves. The Holy Father has been firm in his commitment to combat clergy sexual abuse; root it out of the Church; reach out to those who have been harmed; and hold perpetrators accountable. He has been a leader, meeting with victims/survivors and chastising bishops for their lack of judgment and leadership.
Mistakes were made in the Lawrence Murphy case. The mistakes were not made in Rome in 1996, 1997 and 1998. The mistakes were made here, in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, in the 1970s, the 1980s and the 1990s, by the Church, by civil authorities, by Church officials, and by bishops. And for that, I beg your forgiveness in the name of the Church and in the name of this Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
- Cardinal Ratzinger An Evil Monster? Point-by-point analysis by Catholic apologist Jimmy Akin (National Catholic Register March 30, 2010).
- A Response to the New York Times, by Fr. Raymond J. de Souza (National Review's "The Corner" March 27, 2010).
- Avvenire: New York Times Contradicts Itself A reconstruction of events by Riccardo Cascioli for Avvenire, the newspaper of the Italian episcopal conference. March 26, 2010.
- The Pope and the Murphy case: what the New York Times story didn't tell you, by Phil Lawler (Catholic Culture. March 25, 2010).
- Vatican Statement on the “Murphy Case” Statement given to the New York Times on Wednesday by Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office. Zenit News Service. March 25, 2010.
- Explosive sex abuse lawsuit against Vatican dropped, by John Allen Jr. National Catholic Reporter February 11, 2012:
A Wisconsin sex abuse lawsuit against the Vatican, which helped trigger a global firestorm in early 2010, was withdrawn late Friday. It marks the formal end of a case that seemed to cast doubt on Pope Benedict XVI’s role in the abuse crisis, and shifted focus from local bishops to an alleged cover-up in Rome.
Lawyers for the victim filed a notice of voluntary dismissal on Friday, effectively abandoning the lawsuit.
- Vatican lawyer's statement on end of sex abuse case February 11, 2012.
The Cases of Rev. Michael Teta and Msgr. Robert Trupia of Tucson, AZ
- Vatican waited years to defrock Arizona priest by Matt Sedensky (Associated Press) April 2, 2010.
Additional Material on the Tucson Abuse Cases
- Bishop Kicanas' response to Star's questions Complete written response from the Most Rev. Gerald f. Kicanas, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, to questions from Arizona Daily Star reporter Patty Machelor (3/31/10).
- Moreno struggled to defrock 2 priests Patty Machelor Arizona Daily Star April 1, 2010.
- Moreno-Ratzinger letters on the Teta case (Arizona Daily Star)
- New story trying to implicate Pope Benedict is 'misleading,' says the Vatican Catholic News Agency. April 3, 2010:
The Vatican Press Office Director observes that “beginning in 2001, all pending appeals have been handled promptly, and the Teta appeal was one of the first to be handled. This took time, because there was a particularly large volume of documentation. In any case, the decision of the trial court was confirmed in toto (in full,) and Teta was defrocked in 2004.”
Fr. Lombardi concluded: “It must not be forgotten that even when appeals are pending and the sentence is suspended, precautionary measures are imposed by the bishop on the accused. Indeed, Teta had been suspended from the exercise of priestly ministry in 1990."
The original AP breaking news story did not mention the fact that Fr. Teta was suspended in 1990. The same AP story also missed the fact that it was Tucson Bishop Manuel D. Moreno who failed to notify police about allegations against Teta and another Tucson abusive priest, Robert Trupia until 2000, when the U.S. bishops adopted mandatory reporting policies.
- Statement of Fr Federico Lombardi on the case of Rev. Michael Teta of the Diocese of Tucson Arizona. Vatican Radio. April 3, 2010.
- Pope Put Off Punishing Abusive Priest, by Laurie Goodstein. New York Times April 9, 2010.
- The Document Trail: The Rev. Stephen Kiesle
Critical Responses on the Case of Stephen Kiesle
- Vatican rebuts allegations of stalling on California sex abuse case, by John Thavis. Catholic News Service. April 12, 2010.
- The Times Take 3: The Stephen Kiesle Files, Whosoever Desires April 12, 2010. Good analysis by Aaron Pidel, SJ, upon which he concludes: "In no way, that I can see, did Ratzinger’s treatment of the Kiesle case put children in danger. It suggests no attempt to cover up a crime. It suggests no particular indulgence toward abusers."
- The Frustratingly Poor Quality of Press Coverage, by Michael Sean Winters. America April 11, 2010.
- Key questions concerning Ratzinger's deferment of the laicization of Father Stephen Kiesle, by Phil Lawler. Catholic Culture. April 10, 2010.
- Let's Get the Story Straight: Defrocking and Divorce, by Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J. The founder and editor of Ignatius Press, in response to the breaking story about a 1985 letter written by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger to Bishop John S. Cummins of Oakland.
- Some bullet points about the California case, by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf. What Does The Prayer Really Say? April 10, 2010.
- And so the relentless attempts to 'get' Pope Benedict XVI continue…, by Damian Thompson Telegraph April 10, 2010.
- Vatican says letter on abusive Oakland priest being taken out of context Catholic News Agency April 9, 2010.
Cardinal Ratzinger, John Paul II and Fr. Marcial Maciel (Legionaries of Christ)
- Benedict’s defense may mean tainting John Paul II, by John Allen Jr. National Catholic Reporter May 12, 2010.
- The Cost of Father Maciel, by Joseph Bottum. First Things May 12, 2010.
- How Fr. Maciel built his empire, by Jason Berry. National Catholic Reporter April 12, 2010.
- Money paved way for Maciel's influence in the Vatican, by Jason Berry. National Catholic Reporter April 6, 2010:
One cardinal who rebuffed a Legion financial gift was Joseph Ratzinger.
In 1997 he gave a lecture on theology to Legionaries. When a Legionary handed him an envelope, saying it was for his charitable use, Ratzinger refused. "He was tough as nails in a very cordial way," a witness said. [...]
After the ex-Legion victims filed a canonical case in 1998 against Maciel in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Sodano as secretary of state -- essentially, the Vatican prime minister -- pressured Ratzinger, as the congregation's prefect, to halt the proceeding. [...]
But in December 2004, with John Paul's health deteriorating by the day, Ratzinger broke with Sodano and ordered a canon lawyer on his staff, Msgr. Charles Scicluna, to investigate. Two years later, as Benedict, he approved the order that Maciel abandon ministry for a "life of penitence and prayer."
- Legions of scandals behind the scandal? (Get Religion April 7, 2010). "Maciel used his clout to find supporters in very high places, including the papal apartment of Msgr. Stanislaw Dziwisz, the Polish secretary of John Paul. Ultimately, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI had seen enough and personally authorized an investigation into Maciel."
Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos
- Colombia cardinal [Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos] defends church's abuse policies A senior cardinal defended the Roman Catholic Church's practice of frequently not reporting sexual abusive priests to the police, saying Thursday it would have been like testifying against a family member at trial. (Associated Press, April 22, 2010).
- Cardinal Castrillón must feel trapped, by John Allen, Jr. National Catholic Reporter April 23, 2010.
- Vatican cardinal bucked US bishop on abuse, by Jason Berry. National Catholic Reporter April 22, 2010. "Castrillon took up cause of priest who admitted molesting minors."
- Cardinal accused of mishandling abuse case replaced as Mass celebrant Catholic News Service. April 21, 2010.
- Dr. Jeff Mirus asks: When should a bishop expose a priest to civil authority? Catholic Culture April 20, 2010.
Coverage and Helpful Analysis from John Allen Jr.
- Pope's reluctance to impose American way not a shocker National Catholic Reporter July 16, 2010.
- Vatican revises church law on sex abuse National Catholic Reporter July 15, 2010.
- Belgium a 'perfect storm' on sex abuse crisis National Catholic Reporter June 28, 2010.
- Vatican's sex abuse prosecutor says church must amputate to heal National Catholic Reporter May 29, 2010.
- Can a teaching pope get his house in order? Pope Benedict, five years into his pontificate. National Catholic Reporter April 16, 2010.
- Vatican disses one of its own on sex abuse National Catholic Reporter April 15, 2010. ("This is the first time the Vatican has conceded that a senior Vatican official committed an error in judgment on the sexual abuse crisis -- albeit one later corrected by the future pope.")
- A Papal Conversion New York Times March 28, 2010. "For anyone who knows the Vatican’s history on this issue, Benedict XVI isn’t just part of the problem. He’s also a major chapter in the solution."
- Keeping the record straight on Benedict and the crisis National Catholic Reporter March 26, 2010:
"[T]he first casualty of any crisis is perspective. There are at least three aspects of Benedict's record on the sexual abuse crisis which are being misconstrued, or at least sloppily characterized, in today's discussion. Bringing clarity to these points is not a matter of excusing the pope, but rather of trying to understand accurately how we got where we are."
- Pope to sex abuse victims: 'I am truly sorry' Benedict writes pastoral letter to the Catholics of Ireland. National Catholic Reporter March 20, 2010.
- Will Ratzinger's past trump Benedict's present?: The pope and the sex abuse crisis National Catholic Reporter March 17, 2010.
Catholic News Service
- Paedophilia, those who won’t toe Ratzinger’s line Despite the clear signals being sent out from Rome, many bishops the world over still haven’t learned the lesson on how to tackle child abuse in the Church. La Stampa: "The Vatican Insider" February 11, 2012.
- Victim sees "change in direction" in attitude towards problem of abuse Marie Collins from Ireland was the only victim of the abuse of minors by priests to address the international symposium on the subject held at the Pontifical Gregorian University, February 6-9, with the support of the Vatican. La Stampa: "The Vatican Insider" February 10, 2012.
- Vatican abuse summit: Web-based 'Center for Child Protection' launched As the final act of a four-day Vatican summit on the sexual abuse crisis, a new internet-based “Center for Child Protection” was unveiled this afternoon in Rome, designed to educate priests, deacons, and other church personnel in fighting child abuse. (National Catholic Reporter February 9, 2012).
- Abuse: “Never Again” says Pope Benedict XVI La Stampa: "The Vatican Insider" February 8, 2012.
- Cardinal-designate Raymond Burke: the Church can never do enough to prevent a recurrence of the sexual abuse crisis, and yet, every prudent measure has been taken (Zenit News. November 19, 2010).
- Cardinal Levada says Vatican preparing new guidelines to fight abuse, by Cindy Wooden. November 19, 2010.
- At Vatican, frustration and some optimism over abuse scandal, by John Thavis. April 16, 2010.
- Abuse scandal painful, but doing penance leads to grace, pope says, by Cindy Wooden. April 15, 2010.
- Trials will leave priesthood, church stronger, priest-psychologist says April 15, 2010.
- Vatican spokesman says pope has been rigorous leader on sex abuse, by John Thavis. April 9, 2010.
Additional Articles and Commentary
- Pedophilia's Roots and the Catholic Church: Interview With Author Lorenzo Bertocchi May 23, 2010.
- Jeffrey Lena: California lawyer is voice of Vatican, Pope Benedict in U.S. court, by Jason Horowitz. Washington Post April 19, 2010.
- How Pope Benedict handled abuse: 2 revealing case studies, by Phil Lawler. Catholic Culture. April 17, 2010.
- ‘Change in Vatican Culture’: A Sex Abuse Expert Sees Hope in Pope Benedict, by Tim Drake. Interview with Monica Applewhite, expert with 16 years of experience of "screening, monitoring and policy development for the prevention of sexual abuse and risk management for those with histories of sexual offending."
- Crucifying the Pope, by Dr. Michael Liccione. What's Wrong with the World April 16, 2010.
- The obstacle in Rome, by Austen Ivereigh. America April 16, 2010. "What has surfaced from the recent firestorm is how providential it was that Pope John Paul put then-Cardinal Ratzinger in charge of abuse cases from 2001. But what is also becoming clear by the day is how much he has struggled against a mentality at the top of the Roman Curia which manages, at times, to live up to every sceptical media stereotype."
- The mob should lay off. The pope is completely innocent, by Jack Valero. The Guardian April 15, 2010.
- Another Long Lent, by George Weigel. First Things' "On The Square" April 12, 2010.
- Hatred of the Church? On Scandals, Sinners, and Stones, by Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. Ignatius Insight April 12, 2010.
- Benedict: The Better Pope, by Ross Douthat. New York Times April 11, 2010.
- The Passion of Pope Benedict. Six Accusations, One Question, by Sandro Magister. L'Espresso Pedophilia is only the latest weapon aimed against Joseph Ratzinger. And each time, he is attacked where he most exercises his leadership role. One by one, the critical points of this pontificate. April 7, 2010.
- Vatican campaign to defend pope not orchestrated at the top, by John Thavis. Catholic News Service. April 6, 2010. The Roman Curia's headline-grabbing defense of Pope Benedict XVI's handling of the clerical sex abuse scandal has demonstrated that when it comes to Vatican communications, the pope is not a micromanager.
- Easter at Vatican marked by continuing questions over handling abuse, by Cindy Wooden. Catholic News Service. April 6, 2010.
- The Catholic Church's Catastrophe, by Peggy Noonan. Wall Street Journal April 2, 2010. "The press and the pope deserve credit for confronting scandal."
- What Fr. Cantalamessa Really Said, by Edward Penin. National Catholic Register April 2, 2010. The comments of the Pope’s preacher, Father Raniero Cantalamessa, in which he quoted a Jewish friend at this evening’s Good Friday homily in St. Peter’s is causing yet further media controversy for the Church. But as always, it helps to read such comments in context. Thanks to Robert Moynihan of Inside the Vatican for obtaining the whole homily.
- The Pope and the Pedophilia Scandal, by oaquin Navarro-Valls (Holy See Press Officer under Pope John Paul II). National Catholic Register April 1, 2010.
- The Pope and the New York Times, by William McGurn. Wall Street Journal March 26, 2010. "Cardinal Ratzinger did more than anyone to hold abusers accountable."
- What did Benedict really do?, by Deacon Greg Chandra. Deacon's Bench (Beliefnet.com March 16, 2010).
- The Vatican on its handling of sex abuse cases Catholic News Agency March 13, 2010. A lengthy interview granted to the Italian Catholic newspaper Avvenire by Msgr. Charles Scicluna, an official of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, provides extensive details of its handling of priestly sex abuse cases in recent years.
- The Press and the Pope's Letter on Sex Abuse: Right Wing, Left Wing and in Between Agree It's "Unprecedented", by Jesús Colina. Zenit News Service. March 23, 2010.
The Bishops Speak Out
- The Pope is not the head of a global firm Bishop John Jukes says we cannot hope to understand the abuse crisis unless we have a clear understanding of the Church’s true nature. (Catholic Herald April 9, 2010).
- Setting the Record Straight: Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta Discusses Role of then-Cardinal Ratzinger in Responding to Clerical Sexual Abuse Crisis in US Church:
Chris Altieri: Can you talk with us a little more about that specific relationship, your relationship with then-Cardinal Ratzinger: did you get the kind of help that you were looking for, that you needed – that you felt you needed?
Archbishop Gregory: In the course of my three (3) years as president [of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops], I made thirteen (13) different trips to Rome, and I almost always had a private meeting with Cardinal Ratzinger. H[is] was, without a doubt, the most supportive voice at the table, and [he] always seemed to possess the greatest comprehension of the seriousness and the significance of reacting and responding with a strong action.
- In Defense of the Pope, by James Conley, auxiliary bishop of Denver, CO. First Things April 8, 2010.
- The Holy Father That I Know, by William E. Lori, Bishop of Bridgeport, CT. March 31, 2010.
- "To Whom Shall We Go?”, by Timothy Michael Dolan, Archbishop of New York, NY. March 30, 2010.
- Pope's critics must get their facts straight, by George Pell, Catholic Archbishop of Sydney. The Australian March 24, 2010.
- “Nobody, Nowhere, No Time, No Way, No How . . .”, by Timothy Michael Dolan, Archbishop of New York, NY. March 23, 2010.
Taking on the Critics
- Correcting Christopher Hitchens | Correcting Christopher Hitchens II, by Ross Douthat. New York Times April 14, 2010.
- 'Pope not intimidated by petty gossip' is a media fabrication Kevin Jones (Philokalia Republic) responds to the spurious speculations of Phil Pullella (Reuters). March 29, 2010.
- "Why can't the media treat the Pope fairly?" asks the Telegraph's Andrew M. Brown:
I read the coverage of the Pope every day in the newspapers and listen to the BBC news and as a Catholic and a journalist I feel like crying out pathetically: “This is not fair!” And it isn’t fair, or reasonable. Intelligent journalists who are normally capable of mental subtlety and of coping with complexities have abandoned their critical faculties. There is an atmosphere of unreason.
I cannot help feeling that a lot of it is down to sheer, blind hatred. It amounts to the demonisation of a whole institution and its leader. We have come to a stage where nothing good whatever, no good faith can be assumed of anybody involved in the Church – however senior, however greatly respected, loved, admired, including the Pope.
- Diogenes (Off The Record) notices the appearance of "the usual suspects":
Desperate for new witnesses who will join in the calls for the Pope's resignation, the media have rediscovered Hans Küng, who-- having honed his skills through decades of complaints that his old faculty colleague is responsible for all the world's ills-- sure, enough, thinks the Pope should resign.
In other news, the sun rose in the east again this morning.
- The dour, unhinged, and factless, Maureen Dowd seeks papal whipping boy (Carl Olson, Insight Scoop).
- George Weigel and Rev. Jay Scott Newman respond to Sinead O'Connor (National Review):
If Irish singer Sinead O’Connor wishes to denounce her mother publicly as an abusive parent, that is her privilege. If Ms. O’Connor wishes to shred a photograph of Pope John Paul II on stage, as she did almost two decades ago, she is, one supposes, within the boundaries of “performance art.” If Ms. O’Connor wishes to “separate” the God she believes in from the Catholic Church in which she was raised, as she put it in a March 28 article in the “Outlook” section of the Washington Post, she is free to do so.
What Sinead O’Connor is not free to do is to misrepresent the teaching and law of the Catholic Church in the Post in order to buttress her claim that the Church is an “abusive organization” and that the Church threatens with excommunication those who would blow the whistle on clerical sexual abusers. That is utterly false. If Ms. O’Connor is aware of that falsehood, she has lied.
- Creative Minority Report points out "the worst headline ever".
- The Telegraph's Damien Thompson responds to the high priest of atheism, Richard Dawkins:
[Dawkin's] article conjures up the image of a nasty old man who’s losing his marbles. It’s not very nice about the Pope, either.
- Fr. John Zuhlsdorf takes apart Fr. Richard McBrien's Newsweek screed ("I think McBrien is pissed off that Hans Kung got press on this issue before he did").