Saturday, April 17, 2010

Selective prosecution

A German court convicted ultraconservative British Bishop Richard Williamson on Friday of denying the Holocaust in a television interview.

A court in the Bavarian city of Regensburg found Williamson guilty of incitement for saying in a 2008 interview with Swedish television that he did not believe Jews were killed in gas chambers during World War II.

The court ordered Williamson to pay a fine of 10,000 euros ($13,544).

The Roman Catholic bishop was barred by his order from attending Friday's proceedings or making statements to the media.

Many are trying to blame the Pope and the Church exclusively for allegedly not punishing those involved in the ongoing, decades long molestation scandal.

But, the above story proves that governments can and do prosecute priests and bishops in their discretion.

Where was law enforcement during the alleged decades of sexual abuse?

After all, whose job was it to arrest and punish sex abusers - - an archbishop in Rome, or the cop down the block? Why is law enforcement being let off the hook for its part in this scandal?

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