Pope Francis summons the world’s top bishops for sexual abuse prevention summit

Pope Francis delivers his speech during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican , Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

­Pope Francis has summoned the president of every bishops conference around the world to a summit meeting in the Vatican on the theme of “the protection of minors.”

The Feb. 21-24, 2019 meeting is believed to be the first of its kind, and signals a realization at the highest levels of the church that clergy sex abuse is a global problem and not restricted to the Anglo-Saxon world, as many church leaders have long insisted.

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Francis called the meeting after consulting the Council of Cardinal Advisors at their meeting in Rome earlier this week. A Vatican statement said the cardinals and the pope discussed at length the subject of abuse in the church.

Paloma Garcia Ovejero, the deputy director of the Holy See Press Office, told journalists in a briefing that the pope has convened the meeting “to talk about the prevention of the abuses of minors and vulnerable adults.”

Francis’ decision comes in the wake of reports and revelations of abuse by priests and religious persons in countries throughout the world, including the United States, Ireland, Australia, Chile, Germany, Belgium, Canada, Italy and also Asia.

It also comes in the aftermath of the Grand Jury Report on the sexual abuse of minors by priests in six dioceses of the state of Pennsylvania, and the resignation of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick from the College of Cardinals.

Wednesday’s announcement comes while the Vatican prepares its response to the letter written by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the former nuncio to the United States, in which he accuses more than 30 senior Vatican officials under the pontificates of John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis, of a conspiracy of silence, corruption and cover-up in dealing with the abuses committed against seminarians, and at least one minor, by former-cardinal McCarrick.

Sources told America that Pope Francis has been considering making this decision for some time. He was reinforced by his regular personal encounters with many victims and survivors of abuse, including three Chilean victims—Juan Carlos Cruz, Jose Andrés Murillo, and James Hamilton—and most recently, Irish victims of various types of abuse.  And he was also encouraged by cardinals and others to do something of this kind.

Tomorrow, he will meet the leadership of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and is expected to discuss the situation of the church in the six diocese of Pennsylvania in the wake of the Grand Jury Report, as well as the case of the former-cardinal McCarrick.

This story has been updated. Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

Jorge Luis Luaces Rabaza
6 days 21 hours ago

Pope Francis continues to prove over and over again that he is a gift from God to the world and a true St Francis - “rebuild my church”. God is blessing the Catholic Church and the Holy Spirit is guiding the Catholic Church in the person of Pope Francis. He always asks us for our prayers, a sign of true humility. We continue to pray for the Vicar of Christ as some in the US Church have attacked his papacy to undermine the reform desperately needed in the clericalist Church ignored of his predecessors, JPII and B16. Viva Papa Francisco and all Catholics with good will.

AMDG

Elaine Boyle
6 days 17 hours ago

I believe Vigano. Sorry Bill.

PS One reason the FrancisChurch cannot be believed is they are focusing this summit on abuse of "MINORS" That is simply code for totally avoiding the topic of homosexual pederasty. Enough already. Nobody can possibly defend this dishonesty any longer.

Rampant sodomitic sin in seminaries and uncelibate gay networks is not about "minors", so nice try FrancisChurch.

Esperanza Y Paz
6 days 11 hours ago

."..and vulnerable adults."

Elaine Boyle
5 days 23 hours ago

...and wait until February...of 2019. We have to focus on global weather and implementing communist ideology first. These people don’t belong in the Vatican, so unholy and sneaky.

James M.
5 days 17 hours ago

Looking after the Earth properly by responsible stewardship of it is “communist ideology” ? I’m guessing you would not have approved of Pacem in Terris or Populorum Progressio, or Centesimus Annus, or Laborem Exercens, or Rerum Novarum or Quadragesimo Anno, or Laudato Si’, because they all take seriously the importance of social doctrine, and therefore, the proper treatment of others - which necessarily includes the proper treatment of the environment that all men share. That is one if the reasons why it is important to treat one’s unborn neighbour properly as well.

It is unrealistic and sub-Christian to ignore the environment we live in. But people who regard Christianity simply as a machine for saving their souls will never see that. We cannot ignore the environment we live in, because we and it are related symbiotically - it affects us, and we affect it. It is governed by the same Divine Providence as we are, and is meant to be renewed just as we are meant to be renewed. This is not Gaia-worship, paganism or “communism” - it is in the Bible. The Good News of the Reign of God (which is what Jesus preached and made present) is about far more than merely “getting saved”. Selfish individualism is not Christianity - as the Parables of Dives and Lazarus, and of the Good Samaritan, show.

Paul Mclaughlin
5 days 16 hours ago

If you believe the former nuncio that means you must hold JP2, Benedict, et al responsible. McCarrick move up the ranks on their watch. The only allegation involving Francis was he may have ignored a super secret non-documented admonishment that supposedly imposed by Benedict after McCarrick had already resigned and retired. Let me add, once Francis received the credible complaint, he immediately acted. So, what are you holding Francis accountable for?

Elaine Boyle
5 days 15 hours ago

Francis PROMOTED him to the top of the DECISION-MAKING Catholic hierarchy in all of the world!! Vigano is correct. This never should have happened because people knew. If McCarrick was ceremonially flying around the Catholic world under B16, that's bad enough, but promotion to decision-making? It boggles the mind. It shows such utter poor leadership from Francis, it's either he's in-on-it (Gay networks) (likely) or he's clueless (less likely).

Look, we can't have a rapist homosexual and sodomite at the highest level of the Church. He was promoted under Francis. Sorry, but the CEO gets fired when something this large happens, and on purpose. Francis should resign for doing what he did.

James M.
5 days 14 hours ago

“...to the top of the DECISION-MAKING Catholic hierarchy in all of the world!!” ?

How did Pope Francis “promote him” ? In 2000, JP2 made him Archbishop of Washington. In 2001, JP2 created him cardinal. That may have made him the highest- ranking Catholic archbishop in the US, but it gives him no authority over the Church in any other country “in all of the world”. He had not a shred of authority in England and Wales, or in Scotland, and it is insulting to those two episcopates to suggest that any US cardinal has authority over either of them. The world does *not* end at the boarders of the United States.

Cardinals are “decision-makers” by virtue of being members of the Roman Congregations and other Vatican dicasteries. That is a major part of their function as cardinals. If they are not Cardinals-prefect of various Congregations, they are members of them in some other capacity. They certainly “make decisions” when they vote on whether a candidate for beatification or canonisation should be beatified or canonised. Is Blessed Solanus Casey any less worthy of honour because, in all likelihood, McCarrick had a vote on whether he should be beatified ?

“Cardinal McCarrick was a former member of the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travelers and the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

He was on the board of trustees of The Catholic University of America and the boards of CRS and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

In addition to the committees he headed for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, he served or had served on the bishops’ Administrative Committee and their committees on doctrine, the laity, Latin America, Hispanic affairs and missions.

He was a founding member and president since 1997 of the Papal Foundation, established in the 1980s to assure the long-term solvency of the Holy See and contribute to its activities and papal charities around the world.”

https://www.archbalt.org/cardinal-mccarricks-60-years-of-ministry-in-ch…

That is quite a lot of decision-making. And it cannot all be blamed on the present Pope, who, like B16, was not Pope in 1997. It is entirely possible to have “a rapist homosexual and sodomite” high up in “the Church”. It may be deplorable, but it has happened before. McCarrick is not even the first US cardinal to behave like this. Another one was promoted under Pius XII - are you going to pour out on Venerable Pius XII the indignation to which you treat Pope Francis; and if not, why not ? It was not Francis who made McCarrick a cardinal, but one of his canonised predecessors. It is morally, historically and rationally nonsensical to criticise Francis & Francis alone, when it was not he who chose him to be Archbishop of Washington, and a cardinal. It is very obvious that Francis is being made to pay for the misjudgements of JP2, and all because JP2 cannot be criticised. But Vigano can break his sworn word without a breath of criticism coming his way, all because he performs the good work of trashing Francis.

James Haraldson
5 days 20 hours ago

A gift from God with a long history of covering for sex abusers himself? Especially those performed by prelates advancing his corrupt evil ideas of "reform" like the murderous depravity of moral relativism? Catholics of good will are outraged at his embrace of the world's most notorious abortionists and Marxist mass murderers.

J Cosgrove
6 days 18 hours ago

When asked by the rabbi about the incidence of sexual abuse in Buenos Aires, the Pope's response was, "This never happened in my diocese"

A track record that is needed to supervise a reform.

Reyanna Rice
6 days 4 hours ago

You’re not providing the entire context of that quote. He was not the pope when he stated that and it was before revelations began occurring in Buenos Aires in any significant numbers. The general population of South America have taken a longer time becoming aware that clergy sex abuse was occurring. Most Catholics from South America have had an idealized vision of the clergy and are reluctant to believe a priest would do such a thing, including Jorge Mario Bergoglio. It has been a learning process for him.

J Cosgrove
5 days 20 hours ago

The quote is from the English edition published just after Pope Francis was elected pope. The Spanish edition was published in 2010 so I assume the quote took place a couple years before that.

Elaine Boyle
6 days 17 hours ago

Catholics are rejecting this approach. Another FrancisChurch "summit" or synod is not acceptable. We are instead supporting civil authorities to investigate with subpoena power. Nobody trusts Pope Francis or the bishops to do the job correctly.

Ultimately, the Church has to return to the 1961 standards where no homosexuals are to enter seminaries or be ordained as Fathers. Women can no longer ally themselves with gay priests simply because gay priests are willing to walk in lockstep with modernist feminist demands to change Divine Law, Natural Law, and Apostolic traditions.

Ultimately, it's up to women to realize that the status quo is a DISASTER for our sons, husbands, nephews, fathers, and boyfriends. What is more important? Feminist demands to alter the One Holy and Apostolic faith? or the holiness of the Church? God comes first, not a gay-feminist alliance which turns an eye from pederast abuse.

Rhett Segall
6 days 13 hours ago

Elaine,
Sometimes a person does not recognize their homosexual tendencies or come to terms with it till well into their adulthood and after commitments have been made. This can happen in the priesthood as well as marriage. At this stage the responsible person lives a chaste life according to his/her state. It will be hard but with God's grace most possible and holy and nurturing of the body of Christ.

Reyanna Rice
6 days 4 hours ago

You do not speak for all Catholics so quit making such blanket statements as “Catholics are rejecting this approach”. A few Catholics, those who believe Vigano whose claims are holding up like toilet paper in a hurricane, are rejecting the pope no matter what he does or says. And I do believe you’ve more than proven in previous postings to articles you’re a sedevacantist.

Elaine Boyle
5 days 23 hours ago

Nonsense. You’re response is wrong and lacks charity. Catholics/Christians don’t speak with the tone you have.

James Haraldson
5 days 20 hours ago

You're right, as evidenced by a couple of silly responses to your truthful comments. Radical feminism and homosexuality have been accommodations to secularity that have done massive damage to the Church. Many Catholics have become so morally insane as to actually believe homosexuality is "natural" and not behaviorally conditioned.

Douglas Fang
6 days 16 hours ago

For the so-called heavy, traditional Catholics or Devoutly Identified Catholics (DICs), there is nothing that this Pope or the Vatican can do to placate them with the exception to rolling back the Church to pre-Vatican 2. If this is not the clearest example of schism then I don’t know what else is. With ample evidence of the fraudulent and coward nature of Vigano, they still stick to his absurd claim. This reminds me of the claim of Trump “…If I shoot someone on the Fifth Ave, people still support me…”.

For the "true followers/believers" of Vigano, nothing is necessary… This is no wonder why that according to several recent worldwide polls, religion is now is considered as having a negative effect on human society by a slight majority. Belief without Reason is Fanatic. We can see the very example of these Fanatics from the comments on this site.

Elaine Boyle
6 days 14 hours ago

Catholics are not into a cult of Vigano, nor "followers/believers" of his. Hardly anyone knew who he was. Catholics believe his testimony sworn under oath. That's all. Catholics want it investigated. Most believe it's true, sadly. McCarrick should never have been where he was.

I'd say the cult are those who blindly follow and defend PF1, solely because they like his Protestantism and Leftist politics.

Rosemari Zagarri Prof
6 days 11 hours ago

This pope is not responsible for the what happened decades ago (unless it was in his diocese). The instances of abuse peaked in the 1970s and have been going down since then. So this is clearly not an issue of "homosexual pederasty." Instead of trying to return to a "pure" mythical past (in which homosexuality and abuse were simply ignored), the Church needs to be open to new solutions, especially to married priests and women priest. This is a chance for renewal, not retrenchment.

Esperanza Y Paz
6 days 11 hours ago

Ah, well, dear Elaine - Catholics familiar with Vigano's past record do not necessarily believe his testimony, sworn or not. You might wish to familiarize yourself with it.

Reyanna Rice
6 days 4 hours ago

“his testimony sworn under oath”..ha, ha, ha!!

Elaine Boyle
5 days 23 hours ago

Francis doesn’t have a testimony. Gee, why is that? Lol!!!! Because if it was sworn under oath, it would incriminate him and expose the pederast ring.

It never looks good when someone “takes the 5th”. Everyone knows that. Hiding guilt behind silence, it’s a known defense atty. technique.

Elaine Boyle
5 days 15 hours ago

Better than Francis' testimony which is nothing... because he cannot testify, he would have to acknowledge the truth in Vigano's multiple and well-footnoted statements.

James M.
5 days 16 hours ago

“If this is not the clearest example of schism then I don’t know what else is.”

Well said. The schismatic tendencies of some of Pope Francis’ more ferocious critics are clear enough. That is good neither for them, not for the Church. It is all the more important not to meet those tendencies with bitterness, but with charity, since it is charity that “forgives all things” and “bears all things”. If Catholics cannot treat the reigning Pope with the respect and reverence and love due to him not only as their fellow-Christian but also as the Successor of Peter, something is wrong. He is the supreme human shepherd of the Flock of Christ - no-one else is. If we cannot treat each other with love, something is wrong.

Michael Barberi
6 days 15 hours ago

The only thing that matters now is for this Synod and Pope Francis to call for a national (or international) lay-lead impartial committee to thoroughly investigate priests, bishops, cardinals and the past 3 popes based on the accusations in the Grand Jury Report, the entire McCormick sandal and his promotion to cardinal by JP II, as well as the Vigano letter. This investigation must have unfettered access to all documents, emails, reports, etc, and the ability to interview and question hierarchy bishops and cardinals including Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis.

Unless there is complete transparency and significant reforms are instituted including structure, process and juridical, then the credibility of the Church and its leaders, inclusive of popes, will be severely damaged for decades if not centuries. More importantly, those clergy (including bishops and cardinals) found guilty of sexual abusive crimes, coverup, gross negligence, or turning a blind eye to immoral behavior or hiding and minimizing evidence and legitimate accusations, 'must be defrocked'. Additionally, those clergy, et al, found guilty of intentionally issuing falsehoods about their knowledge of sexual abuse or asserting false accusations about bishops, cardinals or popes must be defrocked as well.

We need to wipe clean this culture of clericalism and moral corruption.

Elaine Boyle
6 days 13 hours ago

I agree. If there are not large amounts of laicizations of homosexual pederasts and their enablers, then the whole thing is a farce. If they don't change the rules for seminary formation, then it's all talk. Did anyone notice that two CupichPriests were caught in a sodomitical sex act in Miami FL? So, what happened? Cupich removed their "faculties" in the Archdiocese of Chicago. So, I guess they're free to remain Catholic priests in good standing, somewhere else. These types should immediately be laicized.

Michael Barberi
6 days 12 hours ago

Elaine,

Any heterosexual or homosexual priest, bishop or cardinal who has consensual immoral sexual relations with a member of the same of opposite sex, or commits sexual abuse on minors or adults should be defrocked. Any bishop or cardinal who coverup such crimes or are guilty of gross negligence such as turning a blind eye to documented evidence of sexual abuse should be defrocked as well. For example, the 5 or 6 bishops in PA accused of coverup (and found guilty) should resign or be defrocked.

I am not in agreement that the root cause of the problem is homosexual priests. The problem is moral corruption within a culture of clericalism. Many heterosexual priests have immoral consensual sex with a member of the opposite sex. While such immoral behavior is not as egregious as the sexual abuse of minors, all such immoral behavior should fall under a rigorist zero tolerance policy. Let us recognize that the overwhelming percentage of homosexual and heterosexual priests abide by their vows of celibacy and chastity, are good priests and do the Lord's work.

I am also not in favor of a wholesale prohibition of men who are homosexual from becoming priests. We need better and effective screening criteria for seminaries so we can determine well adjusted and mature men who are homosexual and heterosexual but have a calling to love and serve God as priests.

Elaine Boyle
5 days 23 hours ago

Your naive if you don’t think this abuse and creepy clericalism isn’t rooted in the deviant homosexual lifestyle.

Michael Barberi
5 days 17 hours ago

Elaine,

I am not naive but realistic and cautious about not jumping to the wrong conclusions about the root causes of clergy sexual abuse and its resolution. We all recognize that most of the clergy sexual abuse has been male on male. However, to be clear this does not mean that "every and all" homosexual priests are deviate, break their vows of celibacy and chastity, are bad priests and commit sexual abuse". I also don't think defrocking "all" priests who are homosexual is the answer, nor prohibiting "all" men who are homosexual from entering a seminary.

Read my solution about who should be defrocked and about more effective screening procedures.

Jim Spangler
6 days 13 hours ago

The only decent thing that can be done is a complete opening of Church archives, confessions of those who are guilty, resignations, reparations, prosecutions and a revision of the Catholic Hierarchy with overseeing by a board of Professional Laity! Secrecy has no place in the Church any longer, if we are ever going to regain trust. Each day my faith grows weaker with each and every exposure. My faith in Jesus grows stronger and I realize that Jesus is being crucified over and over again. Tears of blood flow from His eyes on the Crucifix. We must remain faithful to Jesus on the Cross, and to Scripture. Men of the Church can no longer be trusted. The Mass and Holy Eucharist are not persecuting us, it is the human element that has broken down, feeding us falsehoods and lies. Homosexuality needs to be rooted out of the Church. We may need to get along with fewer Priest, and Bishops, but we will have a Church that once again we can trust and have a moral basis. Pope Francis, you have grown from my hero to my nemesis who needs to step down. Pope Benedict, step down, revoke Sainthood for Pope John Paul II. Clean house, and give us a moral compass that we can depend on. All Bishops need to account for their sins. Resign! Expose!! Prosecute! Come Lord, Come Lord Jesus! Make your family whole!!! Amen!

gerald nichols
6 days 8 hours ago

Your imaginary picture of a Jesus Christ weeping and being crucified over and over is absolutely wrong, ill-conceived and otherwise stupid! The glorified resurrected Lord has been disgusted with the false church ever since He gave Apostle Paul the gospel of grace by which men can be saved. Make up your images about the lies of men and leave the Lord out of it.

Dr Robert Dyson
6 days 12 hours ago

Unfortunately these big Vatican showpiece occasions tend, after much fuss and fanfare, to fizzle out in a series of vacuous platitudes. Will this be any different? Quite apart from anything else, a synod of bishops in these circumstances is comparable to complaints about the police being investigated by policemen. It has all the hallmarks of a fudge, a dodge, a distraction, a smokescreen ... What we have at the centre of this is an allegation that a Cardinal of the Church - not some wretched ragtag parish prriest or seminarian but a prince of the Church - engaged in squalid misconduct that was knowingly concealed at the very highest level. Something that serious can't be made to go away by convening a synod of kindly old gentlemen to eventually produce a document full of soothing nothings.

Reyanna Rice
6 days 4 hours ago

This meeting is not a Synod of Bishops. That has been made clear by the Vatican. A Synod has a set pattern to it with the development of an agenda: lineamenta, instrmentum laboris. It is described by canon law. This is a separate convocation of these particular bishops.

Elaine Boyle
5 days 23 hours ago

Bring in the civil authority with subpoena power. These gay creepy clerics aren’t going to voluntarily give up their temporal power or access to money. They will have to be rooted out legally. It’s a disgrace. A “summit” that won’t take place until late-Feb 2019! A farce. Team Bergoglio will do anything to protect the horrible status quo.

A Fielder
5 days 22 hours ago

Elaine, are you aware that there is no civil authority over the Vatican? Your proposed solution will not address the root of the problem which is in Rome.

James M.
5 days 15 hours ago

Being same-sex attracted is perfectly compatible with chastity and continence, and does not make one a predator. Being a predator is an entirely fistinct matter. Scapegoating homosexuals is no solution - scapegoating never is.

It may be annoying that this Synod will not take place until February 2019, but such events take months to prepare: the preparations for V2 began in 1959, but the Council did not open until October 1962, 3 years later. This habit of expecting instant results and instant gratification is a very bad one. The Counvil of Trent was even slower to happen. It did not open until 1545, the best part of 30 years after the Reformation began. So the Holy Father is acting very quickly indeed. It is completely unjustified to imply that he has nefarious motives for not being even quicker, unless one can prove that he has nefarious motives. The US is only a (very small) part of the Universal Church, about 6%, and it cannot demand or require that its troubles should be the only concern of the Popes.

“Bring[ing] in the civil authority with subpoena power” is a difficult suggestion, because the Church, as a corporation, is not subject to any Earthly authority. That is what is meant by calling it a “perfect society” - a US state, or a national army, are societies, but they are “imperfect”, incomplete, because they are constituent parts of larger societies without which they are incomplete. The CC, in contrast, is a society that does not need to be a part of a larger society, but has within herself all that she needs for the living of her life in accordance with the purpose for which she has been founded. Since these evengs have taken place, it might be possible for the Church to do as she did in Germany in the years before 1933: she concluded Concordats with several German states, to regularise relations between them and the Church; so, if the US States have sufficient autonomy, perhaps there could be Concordats to regularise relations between them and the Church, so that malfeasance by the clergy could be properly investigated and punished.

James M
6 days 11 hours ago

Elaine and Mark have already left the church by their own admission. That’s good news.
Elaine is particularly laughable with her pre-1961 comment. She obviously never heard about “Nancy” Spellman’s friendship with J. Edgar Hoover & Clyde Tolson and their romps with the Madison Avenue advertising boys.
The church leadership has been sexually active from time immemorial. Remember Alexander VI? He had 4 children. Lucretia Borgia was a particularly memorable one.
Under Paul VI any priest requesting it could be laicized. JP II shut down laicization. Period. So, there was only one option: Act on your sexuality within the priesthood if they won’t let you out. (Ignoring the unnatural lunacy of celibacy.)
Many of these opinions are beyond pathetic; they’re ignorant of church history.

A Fielder
6 days 8 hours ago

John Cody was named a Cardinal in 1967. It was very common knowledge that his mistress lived in one of his houses near Mundeluen (the local seminary).. He consistently ignored any local fraternal correction, and I doubt Rome even made an effort. Imagine being a seminarian and knowing that the cardinal behaves in this way. I imagine generations of priests have followed his example. The so-called discipline of celibacy is a facade of fornication, and these people claim to be our moral leaders.

Elaine Boyle
5 days 23 hours ago

James M, you’re a liar. I never left the Church, and never said that. I’m Catholic.

Chicago’s worst-of-the-worst was Bernardin, a deep state creep homosexual who had the Windy City Gay Anal Chorus sing inside God’s house at his funeral. It made a mockery of Jesus and His teaching. So hateful was the whole move, to spit in the face of Catholics.

James M
5 days 20 hours ago

Sorry Elaine. You wrote, “...the FrancisChurch (sic) cannot be believed...”
The Francis Church is THE church. If you do not believe the Francis church then you have left the church. There is only one church. You, Burke and Viganò have left it.

Elaine Boyle
5 days 15 hours ago

Read how Infallibility works. It doesn't mean that Francis (or the pope) is never wrong. Francis is already caught lying about the Kim Davis scenario. Vigano gets it. Francis lied when he said he hadn't met her privately. Shall I keep going on with other FrancisUtterances?

James M
5 days 14 hours ago

Elaine, you’re leaving the church has nothing to do with papal infallibility, which has only been used twice (1855 & 1950). You have self-excommunicated as demonstrated by your anti-Catholic postings. There need not be a formal “bell, book & candle” proceeding. You’ve done it yourself.

Dennis Hayes
6 days 10 hours ago

"world's top bishops" is an oxymoron.

Andrew Wolfe
6 days 10 hours ago

This is totally the wrong summit. A recent article in America pointed out the steep decline in clergy abuse of minors. We've already been protecting minors and with increasing effectiveness.

What's needed is to clean out all the clergy who are unfaithful to their vow of chastity. Let's stop talking about "celibacy," only chastity.

And of those who are the worst damage, they are those who commit unchastity with other clergy and with seminarians. These practices are corrosive to the integrity of the Church because it sets up a mutually protective cabal of secrecy, little different in structure from the network that plundered the Church through the Vatican Bank. These offenders must be uncovered, laicized, and removed from their office.

Elaine Boyle
5 days 23 hours ago

Yeah, I read Francis already let the guy busted with the cocaine-fueled orgy back into the same Vatican apartment. What a joke this papacy is. So disappointing globally.

A Fielder
5 days 22 hours ago

Elaine, this pattern of immoral behavior in Rome predate Pope Francis by decades. JPll and BXVI deserve just as much blame, and probably more.

Elaine Boyle
5 days 15 hours ago

Agreed. They were wimps, and even as a young person I thought JP2 somewhat off with all his travel and meeting with rabbis etc. It was weird. Now we know. I think we need to nuke all the magisterium post-Pius X and return back to that higher level, from our current depths and ignorance, and begin the progress back upwards o the Kingdom of God from there.

James M.
5 days 14 hours ago

The Magisterium since and including that of St Pius X cannot be deleted. It is all part of the authentic teaching of the CC. And it is completely arbitrary to back to him, since others might prefer to choose a different Pope to go back to. The Tradition of the Church cannot be treated in that way. Such thinking denies the visibility and perpetuity and indefectibility of the Church, and amounts to saying that the Church came to an end when the last bishop chosen by St Pius X died. The Church in 2018 or the future cannot be Apostolic, if the Magisterium ceased to exist when St Pius X died in 1914, because the Teaching office of the Church is a consequence, and an essential property, of its unbroken Apostolicity and its “unconquerable stability” in adhering to the Faith ever since its foundation. What you are suggesting implies that the Church today, is not the Church of Christ, and that the promises of Christ to His Spotless Bride are, to be blunt, completely worthless,

That is not Catholic thinking about the Church. Regardless of all appearances, what you call “FrancisChurch” is the One Church of Christ. The Words of Christ are always trustworthy, and always accomplish all that He sets out to do through them. The CC now is the same Church as in the New Testament, no matter what scandals are permitted to arise. What we, like every previous generation, have to do, is to be faithful to Christ Who is everlastingly Faithful to His Church,

Lisa Fullam
6 days 10 hours ago

Wow--still no need for ANY lay voices. So much gets solved in an echo chamber...

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