Have a look at a heated intramural exchange on the Washington Post op-ed page. On Monday, Timothy Shriver,
chairman of the Special Olympics, compared the Catholic abuse scandal to Watergate. Marc Thiessen
, a conservative veteran of more than a few
pundit wars, took exception to the analogy, and demands Shriver apologize to the pope.
- Catholic Abuse Scandal = Watergate "Then," explains Shriver,
"what started as a crime committed by a few burglars slowly escalated
to reveal corruption at the highest levels of authority." Though he
says the parallels break down around resignation--the pope isn't going
to resign--he notes a few other similarities:
equivalent of the Watergate tapes have blown open the church's calm.
The Cardinal Archbishop of Ireland was involved in not only a failure
to act but appears to have been an active agent of cover-up. And the
trail seems to be leading even higher: the pope himself, while an
archbishop in Munich, may have played a role in failing to respond to
- 'Shameful' Comparison, responds Thiessen.
"The obvious flaw in Shriver's analogy? The break-in at the Watergate
complex was not a 'third-rate burglary' but part of a political spying
operation directed at the highest levels of the Nixon administration."
The pope did not "personally [order] the molestation of children by
pedophile priests. Is this what Shriver is suggesting?" asks the irate
commentator. "If not, he needs to correct the record--and apologize to
the Holy Father."
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