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Vatican declares Chilean bishop innocent of sexual abuse charges
Des Papstes neue Kleider: Weißer Rauch & Spiegel
The new pope is every bit the sexist homophobe as his predecessors
Don’t buy his populist rhetoric. The new pope is every bit the sexist homophobe as his predecessors
THE IMAGE OF Pope Francis is that he is a breath of fresh air, more progressive on social issues than his predecessor and a kinder, gentler pope. But when the facts are examined, you see that he is none of these things. There is an enormous disconnect between who the pope really is in terms of his policies and his public relations image, as crafted by the Vatican’s PR man, previously with Fox News. The current PR mission is all about reversing the incredible decline in fundraising under the last pope from the U.S. Catholic Church in particular. Pope Francis has made any number of statements that seem to indicate change and progress that are not reflected in policy. In fact, in the wake of such comments from Pope Francis, the Vatican often makes a point to explicitly state that no church policy has changed.
Words are not enough:
David McClenaghan argues that if the Church wants to deal with its record on child abuse it must root out both the offenders and enablers.
The church must not only root out offenders but also those who have allowed crimes to happen by covering them up. Pope Francis’s zero tolerance policy for those in the Catholic Church who abuse children should be a statement of the obvious. It is a sad indictment of the church that it is not; and that it is being treated as something to be celebrated. The reality is that zero tolerance of paedophile priests is the bare minimum that the church can do to protect vulnerable children and victims of abuse.
The Pope’s statement and recent apology for a number of sex scandals involving priests is not enough. He needs to take greater action and show not only zero tolerance towards those who have committed acts of abuse but to those who have protected paedophile priests. It is unacceptable to cover up abuse scandals in the misguided belief that protecting the reputation of the church is more important than protecting vulnerable children. …….