Oh, the grand old Duke of York,
He had ten thousand men;
He marched them up to the top of the hill
And he marched them down again.
This old children’s nursery rhyme sums up the recent Vatican summit on the sexual abuse of children by priests and bishops. Substitute “Francis, Pope of Rome” for the “grand old Duke of York”, and it says it all. Francis marched his cardinals, archbishops, bishops and priests up to the top of the seven hills of Rome (Rev. 17:3,9) – and then?
Then he marched them down again.
For, having come from all over the world and having reached the summit, they heard speeches, watched videos, shut their eyes in prayer – and then returned home. The summit achieved nothing. The priestly abuse will continue as it has for hundreds and hundreds of years, and the cover-ups and lies will continue just as they always have.
The Summit: an Appearance of Doing Something While Doing Nothing
The summit on “The Protection of Minors in the Church” lasted from 21 to 24 February 2019. During this time, the heads of all the world’s bishops’ conferences met with the Jesuit pope in the Vatican, as well as with many cardinals and other Vatican officials, to discuss this crisis facing the Roman Catholic institution. Three main subjects were to be the focus of the summit: “Responsibility; Accountability; Transparency”. All very popular buzz words. But all meaning absolutely nothing when found on the lips of Romish bishops, archbishops, cardinals and the pope of Rome himself.
Doubtless many of these priestly perverts will be more cautious in the future. Doubtless many will continue to be arrested and go to prison. Doubtless hundreds, perhaps thousands of priestly heads will still roll. But all this will be window dressing. It will be sound and fury, signifying nothing. There will be pious cries of shock, horror and outrage. But the abuse will not stop.
The world, however, as well as millions of outraged and scandalised Roman Catholics, have been left with the impression that something has been done, and that more will still be done. And this is all that matters to the Vatican. The Papist archbishop of Malta, Charles Sciculna, said: “This is a new day in terms of transparency. Bishops are going to be held accountable. My hope is that people see this as a turning point.” Yes, sadly, many people will see it as a turning point; and yet no turning – no true repentance, no true conversion – has occurred. It is not a new day of transparency, and the overwhelming majority of bishops will not be held accountable. Oh, certainly, some will be, and an appearance of being more “transparent” will be given; but the Popish system will close ranks, and continue to find ways to hide the abuse and get away with it.
For this global priestly perversion is not merely some leaven in an otherwise unleavened “Church”. It is not merely some bad apples in an otherwise beautiful basket. And it is not a new phenomenon. It is an intrinsic part of the entire system of Popery, and always has been. Whether the victims have been boys, girls, nuns, married women, single girls, even other priests – sexual abuse is a centuries-old abomination of epidemic proportions in the Roman Catholic system.