The Most Comprehensive Indictment Yet of Priestly Sex Abuse: the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report

The Pope Understands; the Pope is on the Victims’ Side???

Then came this gem from the official Vatican response to the report:

“The Holy Father understands well how much these crimes can shake the faith and the spirit of believers and reiterates the call to make every effort to create a safe environment for minors and vulnerable adults in the Church and in all of society.  Victims should know that the Pope is on their side.  Those who have suffered are his priority, and the Church wants to listen to them to root out this tragic horror that destroys the lives of the innocent.”[11]

Victims should know that the pope is on their side?  This is an outrageous lie.  It is demonstrated to be a lie by the fact that Francis has protected the bishops and cardinals who have been complicit in covering up the sexual abuse committed by either themselves or the priests under their authority.  For all his nice-sounding words to victims, all his concerned facial expressions and yes, even tears, Francis has most decidedly been on the side of the perpetrators, not the victims.  As a Jesuit, his first and absolute priority, at all times, is to defend the “Church”.  And by the “Church” he would understand the priestly hierarchy.  The Jesuits exist to defend the Papacy against all assaults.  They are devoted to this mission, heart and soul.  Therefore, to say “those who have suffered are Francis’ priority” is yet another outrageous lie.  The priority is the priesthood.  The priority is the papal office.  The priority is the hierarchy.

After the report was made public, Francis wrote a letter to Roman Catholics in which he “condemned” the priestly atrocities, “begged forgiveness” for the hierarchy, and said: “Looking ahead to the future, no effort must be spared to create a culture able to prevent such situations from happening, but also to prevent the possibility of their being covered up and perpetuated.”  “We showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them,” he wrote.[12]  But again: what else was he going to say?  Of course he would condemn the atrocities, and say it will be different in the future!  But we cannot believe him.  For he is a Jesuit.  For him, as for his general from whom he receives his orders, it is all about defending the “Church” of Rome.

Francis met abuse victims during his visit to Ireland in August, and one of them said he appeared genuinely shocked by the stories he heard.[13]  But Francis knows how to turn on the charm, how to appear shocked or saddened or angry; it is not difficult for him to assume the desired facial expression.  It means nothing.

In front of 45000 Roman Catholic supporters in Ireland, he called the sexual abuse crisis the “open wound” of the “Church”, and demanded firm action.  But in Dublin, while he was in Ireland, some 5000 victims of priestly sexual abuse and their supporters attended a “Stand for Truth” rally.  One woman who was dressed as a nun with fake blood on her hands said of Francis, “I think he should get on his knees and beg forgiveness of the people of Ireland.”  And a man handed out placards which read: “The church protects pederasts”.[14]

Conclusion

The handwriting is on the wall, and even some high-ranking Papists can see it.  This is how Sean O’Malley, archbishop of Boston and a cardinal, put it, after expressing his disgust and shame at what had been revealed of the abuse of children in the report: “The clock is ticking for all of us in Church leadership, Catholics have lost patience with us and civil society has lost confidence in us.”[15]

It is difficult to know just how genuine he was.  Immediately afterwards he said he believed the “Church’s” failures could still be corrected.  But he was right about this – the clock is ticking.  He knows that his “Church” is facing a global crisis.  And on the last day, when Christ returns, this monstrous system, “the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird” (Rev. 18:2), will be destroyed and its servants will face the great judgment of God.

October 2018

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ENDNOTES:

[1]. Fifty Years in the Church of Rome, by Charles Chiniquy.    The Protestant Literature Depository, London, 1886.  This book was reprinted by Chick Publications, Chino, California, in the 1980s.

[2]. CBS News, August 15, 2018.  Article: “Grand Jury Report Identifies over 1,000 Victims of Priest Abuse.” www.cbsnews.com.

[3]. CBS News, August 15, 2018.

[4]. WND, August 16, 2018.  Article: “Revealed: Censored Common Denominator in Most Clergy Sex Abuse.”  www.wnd.com.

[5]. Zenit.org, August 18, 2018.  Article: “US Bishops: Announce Plan to Address ‘Moral Catastrophe,’ Will Invite Vatican to Make ‘Apostolic Visitation.’”

[6]. Zenit.org, August 18, 2018.  Article: “Cardinal Dolan on the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report.”

[7]. Zenit.org, August 21, 2018.  Article: “Wisconsin: Bishop of Madison Issues Strong Letter in Response to Abuse Crisis.”

[8]. Zenit.org, August 23, 2018.  Article: “US: Birmingham Bishop Calls for Virtue and Charity in Wake of Abuse.”

[9]. Zenit.org, August 18, 2018.  Article: “Vatican on PA Grand Jury Report: ‘Condemns Abuses Unequivocally’, ‘Criminally, Morally Reprehensible,’ Church wants to Listen to Victims ‘to Root Out Tragic Horror’ Destroying Lives of Innocent.”

[10]. Zenit.org, August 18, 2018.

[11]. Zenit.org, August 18, 2018.

[12]. Zenit.org, August 21, 2018.  Article: “Pope’s Letter to People of God: We Abandoned our Little Ones, No Efforts Must be Spared to Prevent Abuses and Cover Up.”

[13]. Daily Maverick, 27 August 2018.  Article: “”Pope Francis “Begged for God’s Forgiveness” on Sunday for Multiple Abuse Scandals within the Irish Church but Faced Accusations by a Former Vatican Official that he had Personally Ignored Allegations against Senior Clergy.”  www.dailymaverick.co.za.

[14]. Daily Maverick, 27 August 2018.

[15]. Zenit.org, August 18, 2018.  Article: “Cardinal Sean O’Malley: There are Times when Words Fail Us… Clock Ticking for Change.”