Vatican blasts anti-Catholic 'hate' campaign
By FRANCES D'EMILIO
VATICAN CITY – The Vatican heatedly defended Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday, claiming accusations that he helped cover up the actions of pedophile priests are part of an anti-Catholic "hate" campaign targeting the pope for his opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage.
Vatican Radio broadcast comments by two senior cardinals explaining "the motive for these attacks" on the pope and the Vatican newspaper chipped in with spirited comments from another top cardinal.
"The pope defends life and the family, based on marriage between a man and a woman, in a world in which powerful lobbies would like to impose a completely different" agenda, Spanish Cardinal Julian Herranz, head of the disciplinary commission for Holy See officials, said on the radio...more...
Beyond belief is the chutzpah of this response of the Vatican to the measured and factual criticism that has been directed its way over the past few weeks. It fits the classic "wounded bully" response to merited rebuke. Let us assure the Vatican that nobody takes this mode of their response seriously.