Chapter 22 – TO THE CENTER

Written By: luke4079

I knew it was critical to portray VOTF as cool-headed centrists seeking cooperation. That way, it would be difficult for the archdiocese to label them as “dissidents.” The bishops were deriding VOTF in the press. One, a cardinal and leading candidate to become the next pope, said that the coverage of sex abuse scandals represented “a campaign of media persecution against the entire Catholic Church” on par with attacks under Adolf Hitler. And he compared the “orchestrated plan for striking at the prestige of the church” to persecutions under the Roman emperor Nero. “Well,” I thought, “How about that!”


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