The Knights of Columbus, the largest Catholic service organization in the world, have taken the recent attacks on Pope Benedict XVI very seriously. Starting on April 11, and running through April 19, the fifth anniversary of the Holy Father's election as the 265th pope of the Catholic Church, the Knights are asking Catholics worldwide (but especially in the United States) to join in a novena for Pope Benedict XVI.
The vicious attacks keep coming, and I will have much more to say about them this week. For now, suffice it to say that every case that has been brought forward in an attempt to show that Cardinal Ratzinger, before his election as pope, was engaged in a cover-up of clerical sexual abuse has turned out to show nothing of the sort. The irony in all of this is that, both as secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and as pope, the Holy Father has done more than any other leader in the Catholic Church to try to clean up the mess caused by perverted priests and bishops who cared more for their own good names than for the good of their flocks.