by Jerome a Paris
Sat Mar 20th, 2010 at 09:19:32 AM EST
Pope Offers Apology, Not Penalty, for Sex Abuse Scandal
Nowhere in the letter did Benedict address the responsibility of the Vatican itself. Many victims’ groups have criticized the Vatican for not recognizing the depth and scope of the abuse crisis sooner. Nor did he use the term punishment, or spell out any consequences for clergy or bishops who had not upheld canon or civil law. Indeed, he laid blame firmly with Irish Catholic leaders.
The Repo Men’s New Lehman Shrug
There are two ways to react to the biblically proportioned report that Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcy examiner released last Friday, which over its 2,209 pages (not counting appendices) has echoes of Grisham, Orwell and Ayn Rand. The first is to lose faith in man. (...) The second reaction is to shrug.
Two former senior Lehman executives did just that this week, telling The Observer that the examiner’s autopsy, especially its news that about $50 billion was quietly scooted off the firm’s balance sheet for each of the first two quarters of 2008, was simply not a big deal.
The former managing director in London said that Repo 105 was an open secret there, if it was a secret at all. “Yeah, yeah, yeah. In Europe, people just generically talk about it. It’s funny, for nonprofessionals, you can try to make it a smoking gun,” the source said, “I’m like, whatever.”
Sure, the pope offers a nicely worded apology, not a contemptuous shrug like the Lehman MD, but, fundamentally, he's saying "I'm like, whatever" to the pedophilia victims, and obviously expects to get away with it (well, maybe he'll have to give out some of the money collected from the parents of the abused kids to the kids at some point...)
In both cases, major crimes are committed and very little is done to prevent these from happening again, let alone to bring the perpetrators to justice. And the Serious People who might notice that people in the street are distraught, disgusted, depressed and numb won't really care: they are getting away with it, aren't they?
Just like with the Iraq War, torture, "reform," offshoring, banking self-regulation and lower taxes.