He’s been in the job long enough now to start kicking some serious butt. By their fruits ye shall know them… and it’s become clear that this pope is as incapable or disinterested as his predecessors.
It may very well be that the pope is nothing but a titular PR head of an organisation that simply can not be compelled to give up its criminals to the authorities.
On the final day of his visit to the United States, Pope Francis met with five victims of clergy sexual abuse at a Philadelphia seminary.
“God weeps,” Francis told a gathering of bishops on Sunday (local time), departing from his prepared speech. “I commit to a careful oversight of the church to ensure that youth are protected, and I promise that all those responsible will be held accountable.”
Pope Francis met later Sunday morning with about 100 inmates at the largest of Philadelphia’s six prisons, telling them “all of us need to be cleansed, to be washed”. He waded into the audience of prisoners in light blue uniforms, grasping their hands and touching their heads and hugging at least one.
The two meetings served as a reminder of a great tension within the Catholic church: Its handling of sexual abuse has been one of its most profound failings, but its message of redemption and forgiveness holds an enduring moral power. Read more »