This Pope is turning out to be cracker

The election of Francis as Pope is proving to be a smart choice by the conclave. He is moving to address so many of the issues the Catholic Church has performed poorly in.

One such area is the legacy of silence over boy-buggering priests. Not any more.

In his first concrete step to address the clerical sexual-abuse problem in the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis will establish a commission to advise him on protecting children from pedophile priests and on how to counsel victims, the Vatican said Thursday.

The announcement was a forthright acknowledgment by the Vatican of the enduring problem of abusive priests, and fit with Francis’ pattern of willingness to set a new tone in the governance of the church nine months into his tenure. 

Whether the new commission portends a significant change in how the Vatican deals with abusive priests and their protectors remains to be seen, experts on the church said. Yet the timing of the announcement, two days after a United Nations panel criticized the Vatican over its handling of abuse cases, suggested that the pope and his closest advisers wanted to at least be seen as tackling the issue with greater firmness.

Soon after he became pope, Francis directed the Vatican last April to act decisively on abuse cases and punish pedophile priests, in a meeting with subordinates at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the church’s enforcement arm. But he had said little about the sexual abuse problem since.

This is a welcome step…now let’s wait and see what comes of it.

  • Cowgirl

    I’m amazed he’s allowed to do and say some of these things – I always got the impression that the Pope was a puppet of all the other Cardinals. Kudos to them all for electing him if he actually means to do what he says.

  • thor42

    He’s good in some areas but not on Islam – he’s a real appeaser there –

    http://brendanslongblog.blogspot.co.nz/2013/12/geert-wilders-calls-out-pope-on-islam.html

    Quote – “In your exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (paragraphs 252-253) you state that “authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence.

    Reality does not confirm this statement.

    The Koran is full of bellicose and hate-mongering verses against non-Muslims. Your Holiness will be able to find them if he reads the Koran, but I will name just a few:

    ( verses snipped )

    “I hope that the Holy Father will help us defend the West’s Judeo-Christian and humanistic
    civilization, to which even atheists and agnostics owe their freedom and democracy.

    Nothing will be gained by a refusal to face reality.

    We must speak the truth about Islam — the largest threat to mankind in this present age.”

    Hear, hear. Well said, Geert.

  • Col

    As soon as they stop using the Vatican City for kiddie flicks the better. Just kidding hope he gets those Priests and strings them up or send them to a Nun home.

  • Steve (North Shore)

    Well saw my dick off, a real Pope

  • Sponge

    FTMF!

  • emmess

    Yes, good on him for facing up to the pedophile priest problem but on the other hand he is made idiotic statements such as calling ‘capitalism a new tyranny’

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/louiswoodhill/2013/12/04/papal-bull-why-pope-francis-should-be-grateful-for-capitalism/2/

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