False media, we don't need it do we?
This report in today's Obs really is winging it.
'Pope Benedict XVI is facing growing pressure over his handling of paedophile priests as new cover-ups come to light in Italy, the country with the greatest concentration of Roman Catholic clerics.
After the latest allegations – that Benedict took no action in the US when he was head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican's enforcer – the church is now "terrified" as more victims stand up to be counted in Italy, according to Roberto Mirabile, head of La Caramella Buona, an Italian anti-abuse group. "With the scandals erupting abroad, we will see a huge growth in victims' groups in Italy in coming weeks," said Mirabile yesterday. As Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Benedict handled abuse cases at the Vatican for 24 years before he became pope in 2005.
"We are likely to discover that the Vatican worked even harder in Italy with bishops than elsewhere to hide cases, simply because the contact was closer and the church is so powerful in Italy," Mirabile added.
Sergio Cavaliere, an Italian lawyer who has documented 130 cases of clerical paedophilia, also believes that the Vatican's backyard could follow Ireland, the United States and Germany in producing a wave of abuse revelations. "The cases I have found are just the tip of the iceberg given the reluctance of many victims to come forward until now," said Cavaliere. "And in no single case did the local bishop alert police to the suspected abuse."'
And so on and so forth. Lots of opinionated quotations, the usual forecasts that cases so far represent the "tip of the iceberg" and absolutely nothing in the way of hard news.
Over at the Sunset Times, India Knight jumps on the bandwagon - I'm surprised there's any room left at this stage - and holds forth with some fatuous reasons that she is no longer "in" the Church. The fact that she ever was ever in it is news to me.
Somehow, I think we'll survive her departure.
Also in the Sunday Times, there's a report that the Vienna Boys Choir has also been caught up in the "wave" of sex-abuse cases sweeping Austria and Germany, filed by ... Roger Boyes. I hope, dear reader, that you will excuse me this moment of levity.