Tricksen und Täuschen – so kennen und lieben wir Ratzi, den Beherrscher des Vatikans. Das neueste Bubenstück des alten Mannes auf dem heiligen Thronsessel („Stuhl“ ist ja wohl ein Übersetzungsfehler) betrifft besonders die Frauen.
Im aktuellen Beschluss-Papier Benedikts XVI steht offenbar drin, dass priesterliche Päderastie zwar schlimm sei, aber jede/r die römisch-katholische Frauen-Priesterschaft aktiv Betreibende sei genauso schlimm zu bewerten. Das klingt haarsträubend. Aber so denkt man nunmal an der Spitze des Gottesgnadenstaats Vatikan.
Seine Herrlichkeit Joseph Ratzinger alias Benedikt16 schwebt distanziert über den Niederungen der unmoralischen Welt, und schenkt uns ex cathedra seine Moral-Vorstellungen, die nicht die unseren sind. Oh ja, wir müssen dankbar sein, dass er sich so klar und so unmöglich gegen die übrige Welt stellt. Seine Gefolgschaft wird dadurch kleiner und homogener werden. Sie war zuletzt eh zu groß und zu ungemütlich.
Dass der Vatikan den Leichtgläubigen und der unkritischen Journaille vortäuschen möchte, dass sie ihre Glaubwürdigkeits-Krise zum Anlass für Taten statt Worte nähme, alles wie gehabt. Wie die Reporter der New York Times anlässlich der aktuellen Dekret-Pressekonferenz herausfanden, ist da nichts Überzeugendes zustande gebracht worden. Zitat: „The new rules do not, for example, hold bishops accountable for abuse by priests on their watch, nor do they require them to report sexual abuse to civil authorities.“ Es lohnt sich das genauer anzuschauen.
The overall document codified existing procedures that allow the Vatican to try priests accused of child sexual abuse using faster juridical procedures rather than full ecclesiastical trials. The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said the changes showed the church’s commitment to tackling child sexual abuse with “rigor and transparency.”
Those measures fell short of the hopes of many advocates for victims of priestly abuse, who dismissed them as “tweaking” rather than a bold overhaul. The new rules do not, for example, hold bishops accountable for abuse by priests on their watch, nor do they require them to report sexual abuse to civil authorities — though less formal “guidelines” issued earlier this year encourage reporting if local law compels it.
But what astonished many Catholics was the inclusion of the attempt to ordain women in a list of the “more grave delicts,” or offenses, which included pedophilia, as well as heresy, apostasy and schism. The issue, some critics said, was less the ordination of women, which is not discussed seriously inside the church hierarchy, but the Vatican’s suggestion that pedophilia is a comparable crime in a document billed a response to the sexual abuse crisis.
“It is very irritating that they put the increased severity in punishment for abuse and women’s ordination at the same level,” said Christian Weisner, the spokesman for “We Are Church,” a liberal Catholic reform movement founded in 1996 in response to a high-profile sexual abuse case in Austria. “It tells us that the church still understands itself as an environment dominated by men.” (..)
At a news conference at the Vatican, Msgr. Charles J. Scicluna, the Vatican’s internal prosecutor in charge of handling sexual abuse cases, explained the change on women’s ordination in technical terms. “Sexual abuse and pornography are more grave delicts, they are an egregious violation of moral law,” Monsignor Scicluna said in his first public appearance since the sex abuse crisis hit. “Attempted ordination of women is grave, but on another level, it is a wound that is an attempt against the Catholic faith on the sacramental orders.”
The revision codifies a 2007 ruling that made attempting to ordain women an offense punishable with excommunication. The new document said that a priest who tried to ordain a woman could now be defrocked.
For more than two decades, polls have shown that large majorities of American Catholics favor allowing women to be ordained as priests, despite the lack of support for it among church leaders. The latest poll of American Catholics by The New York Times and CBS News, released in May, showed that 59 percent favored ordaining women, while 33 percent were opposed.
“I think they see us as their worst nightmare and they’re doing as much as they can to stop it,” said Bridget Mary Meehan, one of five American women who say they have been ordained as bishops as part of a tiny movement of women in Europe and the United States who claim to have been ordained as bishops, priests and deacons.
The movement, called Roman Catholic Womenpriests, now claims that 100 women have been given ordination ceremonies as priests, deacons or bishops, and 75 of those are Americans, Ms. Meehan said. (..)
Critics immediately said the revisions did not go far enough. “Given his authority, Benedict could implement meaningful change,” Bishopaccountability.org, which tracks cases of sexual abuse by priests worldwide, said in a statement, referring to Pope Benedict XVI. “He could direct bishops to report every allegation of child sexual abuse to the police, regardless of whether civil law requires them to do so. He could threaten punishment of any bishop or church official who enables or fails to stop a child-molesting priest.”