US - An Open Letter to Pope Benedict XVI

What if you had the ability to undo egregious wrongs that affected hundreds of thousands of people worldwide would you, could you do it? What if there was only a sixteen day window for you to act? Would you find the time?

Pope Benedict XVI, you have just sixteen days to perform this wondrous task. You’ve heard all about the crimes. You’ve heard the pleas of survivors; they have haunted you since before you took the office of pope. They will haunt your legacy for eternity too if you pay no heed to this request. I’m begging you on behalf of survivors of clergy abuse and their families all around the world, set them free, hear the pleas, hear their suffering, take to heart their pain and publicize the global clergy abuse files regardless of the rank of the offending priest. Only you can alleviate the endless suffering of victims and their families by giving their suffering validity and naming their tormentors!

Whether you wanted it or not, God gave you the opportunity to change the church and put an end to the worldwide sexual abuse of children by priests and bishops. God has given you two opportunities, one as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and the second as Pope Benedict XVI to clean up this evil mess festering within His church. In both instances, you have not been up to the task. Now with just days left before the voluntary end of your papacy, you have yet a third chance. We implore you, to summon the courage before God and man to do what you swore to do in assuming your position as a priest, protect the flock.

A man of your intelligence knows beyond a shadow of a doubt about how the sexual abuse of children corrupts, has corrupted and has thrown the Catholic Church and your papacy into a tailspin. Now is the time to resurrect the church as a parting gift to the victims, the future of the church and to Jesus Christ who founded this church. It is your last chance to rectify the wrongs.

Throw open the doors and shine the light on the vermin that have been eating away at the foundations of Christianity for longer than we know. Let the light cleanse the church and heal the survivors. Open and make public all the records on clerical sexual abuse from around the world.

In 2002 your predecessor said, “There is no room in the church for priests who abuse children.” In 2008 before the Youth of the world, you said, “Victims should receive compassion and care, and those responsible for these evils must be brought to justice.” Your words as those of your predecessor ring hollow. You have never brought any of those responsible for these evils to justice. They still reside in your church like roaches behind the walls. You know it, we know it and the world knows.

Now is the time to act! At the end of the month after a new pope is elected it will be too late. He will say and do the same things that all the replacement bishops have said: That was my predecessor’s fault, I never knew things were that bad, and besides, that’s all in the past.

Pope Benedict XVI things are that bad for hundreds of thousands of victims worldwide. Having your body and soul ripped asunder to feed a priest’s lust does not end with the deed. It stays with you for life. You have the power to ease that pain. God Almighty is looking down at you and has given you yet a third opportunity to right the wrongs. Will you like Peter, deny him and all the victims in this world yet a third time?
I pray not.

Vinnie Nauheimer

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  • Susan Smith
    commented 2013-02-16 17:31:31 -0600
    Pope Ratzinger is to blame for alot of the cover ups. In 1962 he put together a document called Crimine Solicitation. If you can get your hands on a copy of The Woman Rides the Beast by Dave Hunt it will help explain how all this got started. I know someone who has been abused by a priest and it makes me my heart ache to think of all those children who trusted these wolves in sheeps clothing.
  • Robert Verhoff
    commented 2013-02-14 14:01:47 -0600
    Do you really think these people are going to change? After all these years! They show over and over that they are not even human. They have no soul nor conscious, and still they sleep very well. You may as well talk to a stone. How many more excuses will the courts listen to before they really do something. The Penn State “problem” was fixed in months compared to the decades that this “problem church” is allowed to drag things out and still with no end in site. And with still more victims at risk. Enough is enough.
  • Mike Drabik
    commented 2013-02-14 11:14:45 -0600
  • Frank Laferriere
    commented 2013-02-13 14:17:52 -0600
    Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Timothy Dolan, Justin Rigali, Roger Mahoney, Anthony Bevilacqua, John Krol, William Leveda, Too many Bishops and Priests to name. All of them responsible for the horror we survivors of priest rape have to thank for their courage of standing up for their church first and the children last.

    Personally when they die, I hope their afterlife is as horrifying and twisted as my nightmares.

    I have reposted this on my rape victims of the catholic church blog. I hope you do not mind.
  • James Moran
    commented 2013-02-13 13:36:29 -0600
    PS. As a priest-victim I wrote to you a 15-page letter and delivered it to the Vatican Embassy on Washington, DC. Obvously the letter never got out of the country since I received a phone call form the Archdiocese of Boston shortly thereafter. As second time I sent an emaill to you — and have heard nothing. I am sure that your “assistants” have filtered all of what you see. When ordained I became an “apostle” of the bishop — an extension of the hierarchy in spreading the Word. As such I “became” them in that I would closely represent all that they say and do. By 2006 I had to make a conscience decision to step aside from ministsry until the hierarchy could get their act together — needless to say, I am still not in acrtive ministry. YOU CAN CHANGE ALL THAT by ridding the church of the cancer you were told existed when you visited the USA and stopped in Washington DC. YOU need to pull all members of the hierarchy who have been covering up and causing more shame on the church.

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