Pope Francis, for all of the reality-inducing rhetoric he’s been known for over the course of his time as high pontiff, has certainly not been big on confronting the Catholic Church’s most horrendous issue:
The clandestine cabal of pedophiles who live and thrive among their ranks.
For many the world over, there is one question that needs answering: Is the Catholic Church harboring pedophiles, or are they somehow creating them? Logically, the answer must lie within one of these two schools of thought, and the people of the globe understand this. Given that either outcome would equate to an admission of guilt by the Pope himself, Francis has been skirting the issue by making only the vaguest and most ethereal of statements on the matter, relying on the poetic liberty of his position.
This week was no exception.
The devil is alive and well and working overtime to undermine the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis says.
In fact, the pope is so convinced that Satan is to blame for the sexual abuse crisis and deep divisions racking the Church that he has asked Catholics around the world to recite a special prayer every day in October to try to beat him back.
“(The Church must be) saved from the attacks of the malign one, the great accuser and at the same time be made ever more aware of its guilt, its mistakes, and abuses committed in the present and the past,” Francis said in a message on Sept. 29.
The Pope’s earlier comments on “The Great Accuser” had people the world over concerned that his Holiness was afraid to recognize the true nature of the problem within Catholicism, and instead was using the phrase to demean those accusing their clergy of these unspeakable acts.