terça-feira, 13 de abril de 2010
The house in the town of am Inn where was born has been vandalised just three days before his 83rd birthday, local authorities reported on Tuesday
A police spokesperson said the words daubed on the house were of “insulting content,” adding that they referred to the child abuse affair that has rocked the Church in in recent months.
Police refused to reveal the exact words painted on the building in blue, which a passerby noticed on Tuesday morning. The words were quickly covered over.
Pope Benedict was born as on April 16, 1927 in the small community in . Tuesday’s incident is the second time his place of birth has been vandalised. During a visit to Bavaria in September 2006 two balloons of blue paint were thrown at the house.
In July 2007 a bust of the pope outside the parish church – where he conducted his first mass in 1951 – was covered in red paint.
Germany’s has been embroiled in a crisis over recent weeks as victims of widespread sexual and physical abuse continue to come forward. Most cases date back by several years, a fact that has politicians debating a possible extension to the statute of limitations on such crimes.
Similar accusations have also surfaced in the , and, while has been rocked by revelations about cover-up efforts by the head of the Church there in the 1970s.
The Vatican has said it received 3,000 reports between 2001 and 2010 of sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy committed over the past 50 years.
Meanwhile the pope himself has been drawn into the scandal. In late March the Vatican dismissed fresh allegations that he failed to the transfer of a known paedophile priest while he was the archbishop of .
The case followed another accusation according to which Ratzinger failed to act over an American priest accused of molesting up to 200 deaf children between 1950 and 1974.
The Local | Germany
BY CARRIE TAIT, FINANCIAL POST
ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil Corp. will face pressure at their upcoming annual meetings, once again owing to their involvement in the oil sands.
A shareholder resolution, filed in December, asks ConocoPhillips to prepare a report on environmental damage report that would result from the company’s expanding oil sands operations in the boreal forest. (ConocoPhillips this week sold its stake in Syncrude for US$4.65-billion, but remains an oil sands player).
The Exxon resolution asks the company to prepare a report discussing possible long-term risks to the company’s financial and operations tied to environmental, social and economic challenges tied to the oil sands, according to a statement released by Boston-based Green Century Capital Management, which describes itself as “an investment advisory firm focused on environmentally responsible investing,” and manages a mutual fund.
The statement also mentioned the similar resolutions BP plc and Royal Dutch Shell plc are facing, pointing to FairPensions campaign, and funds that support all four resolutions.
The Montreal Gazette
By the CNN Wire Staff