Today Pope Benedict XVI turns 83. Happy Birthday, Holy Father.
I mean, seriously, he's my hero. I was reading and following him long before he became pope--and now I think even more highly of him than ever before. For those interested, Scott Hahn's new book, Covenant and Communion (Brazos, 2009) is the finest overview of his thought.
In honor of his birthday, please read this fine article from a paper in the UK defending him against all of the outrageous and misinformed charges about his supposed mishandling of child abuse cases. Again, child rape is beyond horrible--anyone guilty of such a crime or of covering it up should be swiftly and harshly dealt with. But the more you look at it, the more it becomes clear that the charges against the Holy Father are completely off-base.
In fact, the irony here is that, truthfully, no cardinal has done more to address the scandals than Cardinal Ratzinger. This article sums it all up very well!
Happy Birthday, Papa! I know I speak for all of us here at TheSacredPage.com, when I say: we love you!