When Pope Francis was originally chosen as the Pope, one of the stated reasons for the Cardinals’ choice was that he was supposed to help move the church past the pedophilia scandal which had badly tainted it. Francis was supposed to close the book on this chapter in the church’s history and clean things up.
I think now that he was brought in to help cover it up, not clean house:
In an extraordinary 11-page written testament, a former apostolic nuncio to the United States has accused several senior prelates of complicity in covering up Archbishop Theodore McCarrick’s allegations of sexual abuse, and has claimed that Pope Francis knew about sanctions imposed on then-Cardinal McCarrick by Pope Benedict XVI but chose to repeal them.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, 77, who served as apostolic nuncio in Washington D.C. from 2011 to 2016, said that in the late 2000s, Benedict had “imposed on Cardinal McCarrick sanctions similar to those now imposed on him by Pope Francis” and that Viganò personally told Pope Francis about those sanctions in 2013.
Archbishop Viganò said in his written statement, simultaneously released to the Register and other media, (see full text below) that Pope Francis “continued to cover” for McCarrick and not only did he “not take into account the sanctions that Pope Benedict had imposed on him” but also made McCarrick “his trusted counselor.” Viganò said that the former archbishop of Washington advised the Pope to appoint a number of bishops in the United States, including Cardinals Blase Cupich of Chicago and Joseph Tobin of Newark.
Archbishop Viganò, who said his “conscience dictates” that the truth be known as “the corruption has reached the very top of the Church’s hierarchy,” ended his testimony by calling on Pope Francis and all of those implicated in the cover up of Archbishop McCarrick’s abuse to resign.
Let’s tally up Francis’ track record on sexual abuse:
- One of his closest advisors, Vatican Treasurer George Pell, is facing trial for sexual assault in Australia
- He falsely accused pedophile victims in Chile of slander
- A massive sex abuse scandal exploded in Pennsylvania
And now this.
The half-assed apologies Francis has given, combined with his ignoring of the victims who come forward (or outright attacks on them) make it clear he is completely unserious about cleaning house within the church.
Futhermore, his attacks on Donald Trump and his other Marxist stances make me think he is similar to Harvey Weinstein, who declared after getting outed as a sexual abuser that he was going to seek absolution by fighting the NRA. This is similar to how politicians twenty years ago would “find Jesus” when crimes they committed came to light. Much of Pope Francis’ leftist virtue signalling may very well be to deflect attention from crimes the church has committed.
This Pope is a disgrace and needs to step down immediately, before he taints the Catholic Church even more than he already has.