Franziskus, Benedikt und Johannes Paul stolpern über kirchlichen Kindsmissbrauch – washingtonpost
Franziskus, Benedikt XVI und Johannes Paul II stolpern über kirchlichen Kindsmissbrauch
Is Francis just the public relations window dressing on the same old medieval institution ?
Pope defensive on sex abuse as commission lags – washingtonpost
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is coming under increasing criticism that he simply doesn’t get it on sex abuse. Three months after the Vatican announced a commission of experts to study best practices on protecting children, no action has been taken, no members appointed, no statute outlining the commission’s scope approved.
Francis hasn’t met with any victims, hasn’t moved to oust a bishop convicted in 2012 of failing to report a suspected abuser, and on Wednesday insisted that the church had been unfairly attacked on abuse, using the defensive rhetoric of the Vatican from a decade ago. Victims’ advocates said his tone was archaic and urged Francis to show the same compassion he offers the sick, the poor and disabled to people who were raped by priests when they were children.
Pope calls Church victim and those molested by priests the problem – cityofangels
Problem with Pope calling Church victim and those of us molested by priests the problem is the Pope’s words are what parishioners will hear, and that is the only thing parishioners will hear. The church set it up to end up this way from the start, they insulate the congregations against any true information about these crimes by setting the accusers up as bad guys. Great PR on the part of the church, lousy pastoral care but hey, they aren’t genuine Christians, so what do you expect. They just developed a 2-century long corporation around Christianity and billions of earthlings buy into it daily. And they allowed hundreds of thousands of kids to be raped all over the world last century in order to protect their assets. That’s a church? ….
Rome, we’ve got a problem. Pope Francis, politically the surest-footed pontiff in many a long century, stumbled pretty badly last week in discussing the crisis that has engulfed Roman Catholicism these past dozen years. In a long interview in an Italian newspaper marking the first anniversary of his papacy, he displayed an ill-informed defensiveness about the church’s response to the revelations of sexual abuse. ”The Catholic church is maybe the only public institution to have moved with transparency and responsibility,” he said. “No one else has done more. Yet the church is the only one to be attacked.” ….
Two popes to be canonised ‘did nothing’ about Maciel allegations – irishtimes
Allegations against Legionaries of Christ founder ignored, documentary reveals. Three popes, including two who will be canonised at the end of next month, were aware of abuse allegations against Legionaries of Christ founder Fr Marcial Maciel Degollado, but did nothing about them. It has also emerged that unsuccessful attempts were made to recruit the current papal nucio to Ireland Archbishop Charles Brown to the Legionaries. Later, he worked at the Vatican’s Congregatoin for the Doctrine of the Faith when Maciel was stood aside from ministry by Pope Benedict XVI in 2006 .
He was instructed to retire to a life of “prayer and penitence” and died at Jacksonville, Florida, on January 30th 2008, aged 87. Acccording to subsequent revelations Maciel sexually abused numerous underage seminarians and fathered at least three children with two women In 2010 the Vatican denounced himl for creating a “system of power” that enabled him to lead an “immoral” double life “devoid of scruples and authentic religious sentiment” and allowed him to abuse young boys for decades unchecked. …..
Recent remarks by Pope Francis are a throwback to conservative Pope Benedict XVI – beaconnews.ca
Is Pope Francis the face of a new Catholic Church? Or is he just public relations window dressing on the same old medieval institution?
Pope Francis has challenged thinking about how popes should behave. A new poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion suggests the pontiff’s everyman style, focus on poverty, and more modern comments on subjects like homosexuality and the afterlife have earned him a great deal of good will around the world. According to Angus Reid, half of respondents to the survey of Canadians, Americans and Britons (Catholic and non-Catholic) view Pope Francis in a positive light, while 44 per cent have a neutral view. The rest (7%) view the Pontiff negatively. And 58 per cent see the new Pope as having “an elevating effect on the Church.” The polling company’s release says that 36 per cent of respondents consider the strong public profile of Pope Francis as a good thing and 36 per cent say it makes the Church more interesting and relevant. Most chalk it up to his personal style (51%). …..