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White smoke

It’s done and the new pope is Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, age 76, the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, to be called Pope Francis.

There is no accountability anywhere

Here in the US, we have about the highest incarceration rate in the world. But Wall Streeters and regulators who destroy the lives of hundreds of  thousands, and priests who abused children for decades walk free. They’re not decorating jail cells.

Today the NY Times has a story that makes a lie of all the ‘apologies’ coming from the Vatican to Catholics around the world.

The internal correspondence from bishops in Wisconsin directly to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the future pope, shows that while church officials tussled over whether the priest should be dismissed, their highest priority was protecting the church from scandal. . . . Father Murphy not only was never tried or disciplined by the church’s own justice system, but also got a pass from the police and prosecutors who ignored reports from his victims, according to the documents and interviews with victims. Three successive archbishops in Wisconsin were told that Father Murphy was sexually abusing children, the documents show, but never reported it to criminal or civil authorities.

In case anyone is wondering what ‘social justice’ means, I point out that this is a perfect example of  ‘social injustice‘.