Pope Francis has been digging himself a fairly deep hole to climb out of in regard to the most pressing issue of the Catholic Church.
For many, especially those holding liberal or libertarian points of view, Pope Francis’ approach to social issues around the world was sufficiently “hands-off”. The Pope seemed to recognize that the world is a fluid and changing place, and that the church is sometimes a function of society and not a director of society. (That direction comes from your own, personal relationship with The Almighty).
But here’s the problem: The Pope has a serious issue on his hands at the moment, with possibly thousands of pedophiliac priests running amok among the masses.
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Instead of taking action, the High Pontiff has been working in mysterious ways, whose failures only serve to prove his mortal-being. You see, instead of immediately laying down the law on these calamitous clergy, the Pope instead decided to seemingly blame the victims.
Now Francis has returned again to insinuate that the accused are akin to the Son of The Lord. Oh, and then has asked everyone to pray for the Bishops involved.
Bishops who are accused should remain silent like Jesus on Good Friday when the crowds called out for his crucifixion, Pope Francis said Tuesday.
When people insulted Jesus on Good Friday and shouted, “Crucify him,” the pope said in his morning homily at the chapel of the Santa Marta residence, “he remained silent because he had compassion for those people deceived by the powerful.”
“He was silent. He prayed,” Francis said.
“In the same way, the pastor, in difficult times, in times when the devil is unleashed, where the pastor is accused—accused by the Great Accuser through so many people, so many powerful ones—suffers, offers his life and prays,” the pope said.
At the conclusion of the homily, Francis invited the congregation to pray for the bishops. “Take up the Gospel and read, and see Jesus, and where his authority lies. And ask the grace that all pastors may have this authority: an authority that is a grace of the Holy Spirit,” he said.
That last sentence is particularly disturbing, as it could be read to mean that the “authority” on the evils of pedophilia may lie within the Church’s interpretations of the Bible itself.
Whether that is true or not, it is past time for the Pope to step up and do something. Otherwise, it will be on the world at large to make a difference, and the Vatican may not like how that plays out for them.
We all know how pedophiles are treated in prison, after all.