March 27, 2010
Scandal Knocking on Vatican's Door
The Guardian, The Guardian
Archbishop Oscar Romero, who died 30 years ago this week, was assassinated at his altar because of his unremitting defence of the human rights of his congregation against the attacks of an extremist government. Romero's resistance in the name of the individual rights that he believed came from God remains a powerful example of the good that the tension between spiritual and temporal authority has done in the history of the west. The manner in which the Vatican has handled the scandal of clerical sex abuse is equally an example of how much damage it can cause to what is arguably the world's most powerful institution, the billion-strong Roman Catholic church.
By coincidence it is also 30 years since Pope Benedict "“ then Archbishop Ratzinger "“ according to yesterday's...