Will Pope Francis Turn In Sex-Abusing Priests?

Pope Francis Pedophile
“And when the priest touches you, pretend you like it…”

Pope Francis the 1st has been in office for a couple of weeks now and a lot of people point to the things that he’s doing differently than Pope Benedict as a sign that he’s not your father’s Pope.  Of course, as I talked about on The Bitchspot Report podcast a while back, that doesn’t prove he’s actually any better, just that he’s a bit different, just like Benedict was different than John Paul II.  I made the point that if he wants to be actually  better, he needs to turn over all records of pedophile priests to the authorities and change the religious systems that encourage these actions, such as priests being able to marry.

However, where Benedict had a lot of intimate contact with the seamy underbelly of the Catholic Church, where he had a record of covering up sex abuse scandals and it was pretty clear what his intentions would be before he put on the funny hat, Francis’ record is much more understated.  He isn’t a Ratzinger or a Dolan or a Mahony or a Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, but is he the right guy for the job that needs to be done?

Judging by his record, I think we all need to be skeptical.

If we look back at his behavior before he became Pope, when he was a Cardinal in Buenos Aires, he had pedophile priests under his watch, just like pretty much all Cardinals and Bishops do, and as is a very common story, he paid them very little mind.  Certainly, he never showed any emphasis on taking care of the victims of priestly abuse, there are records showing he refused to meet with children and their families victimized by pedophile priests, he would not offer personal apologies to the victims and he refused to provide financial compensation to the victims, even in cases where the priests were convicted and jailed for their crimes.

Take, for example, the case of Father Julio Cesar Grassi, a Buenos Aires priest who was under the direct control of Cardinal Bergoglio.   Grassi was convicted of having molested three young boys in 2009, but he remains free pending an appeal and currently lives near the Felices los Niños children’s charity that he founded.  Grassi and Bergoglio were close friends and there is some question as to how much Bergoglio knew about his friend’s predilections and extra-curricular activities, although there is no direct evidence to suggest he was aware of the molestations and chose to overlook them.  However, as with other cases, Cardinal Bergoglio refused to have anything to do with the victims, refused to provide compensation or even sympathy.  You’d think that in a case where he was good friends with the molester, he might feel some personal obligation to just  say he was sorry to the families, but no, he remained totally stone-faced toward them, he would acknowledge no responsibility of the church to care for the victims, or even to admit that the priests, employees of the church. were responsible.

So no, I don’t think we can place our trust in Pope Francis to do what needs to be done to turn the Catholic Church around.  He will, as his predecessor before him, simply continue to pretend there is nothing wrong, hide pedophile priests and hemorrhage huge amounts of money while pointing his fingers at the gays or at the atheists or at the “cafeteria Catholics” and ignoring his own part in the problem.

I guess we can expect no better from “the whore of Babylon”.

5 thoughts on “Will Pope Francis Turn In Sex-Abusing Priests?

    1. While I'd love to see the Catholic Church, and every church in fact, disband because they hold ridiculous beliefs, I'd be satisfied if they just took responsibility for the actions of the people in their employ. Unfortunately, not only do they not do that, they don't even want to acknowledge they have a problem. They'd rather pretend nothing is wrong, no matter how much comes to light, and keep dumping billions of dollars in restitution, then begging for more money.

      What I don't get are why more people don't flee the Catholic Church. It's clear the Church is corrupt to it's very core, so why are so many people so gullible and keep giving money to the Holy See? Makes no sense to me.

  1. I just wrote an article on the Pope today which also touched on this topic. Interestingly when he was still in Argentina he was required by the Vatican to put into place policies etc for dealing (can't think of a better word at present) with child sex abuse offenders. He never did. Either he was too lazy to create change, or had a different take on it and deliberately ignored the orders. In an interview recently he has made his thoughts well known on the topic and believes that offenders in the Church should not be punished criminally, but be given psychiatric help and forgiven, indicating they may have been sexually abused themselves. Which I disagree with vehemently considering the position and power these people have been put in by the Vatican.I just wrote an article on the Pope today which also touched on this topic. Interestingly when he was still in Argentina he was required by the Vatican to put into place policies etc for dealing (can't think of a better word at present) with child sex abuse offenders. He never did. Either he was too lazy to create change, or had a different take on it and deliberately ignored the orders. In an interview he has made his thoughts well known on the topic and believes that offenders should not be punished criminally, but be given psychiatric help and forgiven, indicating they may have been sexually abused themselves. Which I disagree with vehemently considering the position and power these people have been put in by the Vatican. There is currently an enquiry into this in Australia where the Australian High Court has ruled that churches must give up all evidence relating to child abuse within its domain and that none are exempt.
    My recent post Catholics and Change: a New Pope with Prehistoric Rhetoric

    1. Unfortunately, I bet most archdiocese will ignore the Australian ruling because the Church thinks it's higher than the state. I'd love to see the RCC slapped down hard for violating the law, but I'm sure they never will be, they wield far too much political and social power to ever get slammed the way they ought to be. Thanks for all the info though, it's even more evidence that the new Pope is no different than the old Pope.

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