USA Today asserts that the pedophilia scandal that is shaking the church is really just another liberal vs. conservative issue:
The latest – and most serious – wave of pedophilia and cover-up allegations to hit the Vatican is shining a new light on the gap dividing the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics. And almost none of it is about the charges of widespread clerical abuse scandals.
Dozens of commentators and Vatican watchers have pointed to the wide gap between the views of conservative, traditional Catholics in the mold of Pope Benedict XVI and those of reform-minded Catholics like Pope Francis. Many media have referred to what is happening as a kind of “civil war.”
Though he is widely popular among non-Catholics, Francis has been a polarizing figure among the faithful since he was first elected five years ago.
The latest sex-abuse allegations, specifically those raised by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, former nuncio to the United States, have only increased public pressure on Francis to resign in order to save the church.
“The trouble calling what is happening with these scandals and the church a ‘civil war’ is that these two camps have existed since the start of Francis’ papacy, plus the fact that the situation has very little to do with the sex scandals,” he said.
USA Today’s defense of the Pope inadvertently is an admission that the so-called “liberal” wing of the church is failing to get a grip on the sex abuse scandal.
As I have said previously, Francis has had many opportunities to get out in front of these scandals. Instead, he has attacked the victims and tried to cover things up. The USA Today article is yet another example of the media’s “conservatives pounce!” meme and an attempt to minimize the problems in the church by making the Pope’s critics appear illegitimate and having evil motives.