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 Child abuse scandals in the Churchpriestly paedophilia. According to The Sunday Times, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI) tried to investigate reports of sexual abuse when he was in charge of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the office responsible for such matters. According to one Austrian cardinal, Ratzinger was "blocked by 'the Vatican', an apparent reference to John Paul." and according to the British newspaper, The Guardian JP II prevented Ratzinger investigating Fr Marcial Maciel Degollado, who drew in big church donations but also systematically abused children and young men as far back as the 1940s, kept two mistresses, fathered several children (two of whom he abused) and led a life without principles.
However, other reports suggest Ratzinger had no intention of investigating, and that the protection of the Church was everyone's goal. Facts have have since come to light showing that Ratzinger intentionally hid facts, moved priests to other dioceses, and blamed local officials and employees (not associated with the Church) instead of focusing on the priests.
Pope John Paul's roles in the Church had a significant effect on how the Catholic Church was seen in the world. Not only was he influential in ending communism in Poland, he changed how the Catholic church officially and practically interacted with the Jewish community, the Muslim community, Buddhists, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and even Baptists.
Women were still perceived nothing but walking wombs, and the Pope, even in light of growing concerns about AIDS, denounced the use of condoms and birth control. Catholic Women's groups approached him many times to discuss the ordination of women, to no avail.
|In his encyclical Humani Generis (1950), my predecessor Pius XII has already affirmed that there is no conflict between evolution and the doctrine of the faith regarding man and his vocation, provided that we do not lose sight of certain fixed points. . . .
. . . Today, more than a half-century after the appearance of that encyclical, some new findings lead us toward the recognition of evolution as more than an hypothesis. In fact it is remarkable that this theory has had progressively greater influence on the spirit of researchers, following a series of discoveries in different scholarly disciplines.
|In order to mark out the limits of their own proper fields, theologians and those working on the exegesis of the Scripture need to be well informed regarding the results of the latest scientific research.|
John Paul also commented on the varying scientific and philosophical explanations of evolution:
|And to tell the truth, rather than speaking about the theory of evolution, it is more accurate to speak of the theories of evolution. The use of the plural is required here—in part because of the diversity of explanations regarding the mechanism of evolution, and in part because of the diversity of philosophies involved. There are materialist and reductionist theories, as well as spiritualist theories. Here the final judgment is within the competence of philosophy and, beyond that, of theology.|
 The mistranslation
The Vatican's French press release misprinted the Pope's speech, quoting him as saying "la theorie de l'evolution, plus qu'une hypothese". At issue was a comma, which makes the line "plus qu'une hypothese" potentially ambiguous since it can mean either "more than a hypothesis" or "more than one hypothesis". The line was then translated by the English Vatican Paper, The Observer as "the theory of evolution, more than one hypothesis".
 World Youth Day
Get 'em while they are young!
John Paul II established World Youth Day, when tons of
adoring adolescent fans worshipful youth converge into one city in the world and pray, cry, sing and whatever else is necessary to Praise God and the Pope. Few outside observers can tell a difference between "World Youth Day" and Woodstock, except perhaps that the Catholic youth are better groomed. This move re-popularized and re-energized an ageing religion that was seen as ineffective in many parts of the world, including the US, the UK, Australia and Canada, all of which saw a rise in church participation after World Youth Days' were initiated. More recently the paedophile scandal explained above has caused a decline in church attendance and in the authority of the church in many places.
- ↑ John Paul "ignored abuse of 2,000 boys"
- ↑ An unseemly, unwise haste to canonise John Paul II
- ↑ The Guardian: Pope 'obstructed' sex abuse inquiry April 24, 2005
- ↑ MESSAGE TO THE PONTIFICAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES: ON EVOLUTION
- ↑ National Center for Science Education: Creationists and the Pope's Statement December 21, 2003
- ↑ Paper