Pope Benedict has appointed William Levada to succeed him in the position he formerly held (as Cardnal Ratzinger) - the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
Levada was formerly Archbishop of Portland, Oregon (where I live). An amazing story recently appeared in our local newspaper (the Oregonian), which included this:
In 1994, then-Archbishop of Portland William Levada offered a simple answer for why the archdiocese shouldn’t have been ordered to pay the costs of raising a child fathered by a church worker at a Portland parish. In her relationship with Arturo Uribe, then a seminarian and now a priest in Whittier, Calif., the child’s mother had engaged “in unprotected intercourse . . . when (she) should have known that could result in pregnancy,” the church maintained in its answer to the lawsuit.
See The Oregonian for the complete story.
William Donohue, president of the conservative Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights based in New York, said the legal language was "simply code for, ‘What’s wrong with you, honey, aren’t you smart enough to make sure condoms were used?’ " And that, he notes, is completely counter to the church’s teachings, which hold that using contraceptives is “intrinsically evil.”
Did our new defender of the Faith allow a legal brief to be filed under his name accusing the mother of engaging in “unprotected intercourse?”