Pope's reasoning is truly inverted
Published 20/02/2010 | 05:00
THE most disconcerting aspect of this week's Vatican press release was the assertion that a "weakening of the faith had been a significant contributory factor in the phenomenon of the sexual abuse of minors".
This constant reiteration by Pope Benedict, that the loss of faith in Europe is a significant reason for the ills of society, must be confronted as a pie-in-the-sky response to the real causes of clerical paedophilia which lie within the structures of the institutional church.
Pope Benedict's assertion is an example of inverted reasoning, as the scandal of clerical paedophilia and its subsequent cover-up at the highest levels of the Catholic Church has been the most significant cause of the "weakening of the faith".