Pope Francis Dodges, Weaves and Wobbles on Child Sexual Abuse


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I thank Patrick Wall for his analysis and George Bouchey for the link.

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Pope Francis Dodges, Weaves and Wobbles on Child Sexual Abuse

Pope Francis missed an opportunity to not repeat his predecessors’ failures on the crimes of clerical sexual abuse of minors.

Last month the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child sharply denounced the Vatican’s failure since 2001 to report data to the United Nations on sexual abuse by priests.


“The Holy See has consistently placed the preservation of the reputation of the Church and the protection of the perpetrators above children’s best interests…”

“The Holy See has not acknowledged the extent of the crimes committed, has not taken the necessary measures to address cases of child sexual abuse and to protect children, and has adopted policies and practices which have led to the continuation of the abuse by and the impunity of the perpetrators.”

In response to this harsh critique, the Holy See thought it prudent to correct the UN’s “lack of understanding,” justify its policies, claim the Vatican is “a reality different” than other countries, and complain of moral intervention into “doctrinal positions of the Catholic Church.” This response only served to underscore the Committee’s findings on the Holy See’s conduct- the Vatican places its reputation over concerns for survivors of sexual abuse by priests.

Today Pope Francis again dodged, weaved and wobbled on criticisms of the Vatican’s handling of child sexual abuse and went so far as to defend the Church’s record. In an interview with Corriere della Sera, the Holy Father spoke in defense of the Vatican’s actions in dealing with child sexual abuse, saying “no one has done more” to address the issue. “The Catholic Church is perhaps the only public institution to have acted with transparency and responsibility… Yet the Church is the only one to have been attacked.”

La Chiesa cattolica è forse l’unica istituzione pubblica ad essersi mossa con trasparenza e responsabilità. Nessun altro ha fatto di più. Eppure la Chiesa è la sola ad essere attaccata

The Pope is simply practicing revisionist history.  Penn State faced its own Marcial Maciel Degollado or Father Donald McGuire S.J.  In Gerry Sandusky, Penn State as an institution faced serious consequences for their conduct.  To date, the Holy See has not fired anyone, refuses extradition of a Papal Nuncio wanted for child sexual abuse in the Dominican Republic and is on the verge of canonizing John Paul II who allowed Maciel to go unpunished during his reign.

If the Holy See is going to claim moral authority it will be held to a higher standard, if not by the objective measures of the UN Committee, then indeed by public opinion. In turn, if the Holy See fails miserably to address the documented crisis of clerical sexual abuse of minors, fails to follow the rule of law and continues to put children at risk, the Holy See has earned every bit of criticism.  Some simply call that justice.


    21 Responses to “Pope Francis Dodges, Weaves and Wobbles on Child Sexual Abuse”

  1. ERW Says:

    right on, Patrick Wall!

    If Francis is not decisively, and soon cleaning up this issue of crimes committed by on children and vulnerable adults, by his clergy with the cooperation of the miss-leadership, this church will be doomed.

  2. Thomas Says:

    No one can claim moral authority, not even the holy see…it is unauthorized.

  3. Thomas Says:

    Too many irregularities in this Church…why…even the halo’s are irregular!

  4. DR.HENRY Says:

    Go to’ ex-Catholics for Christ’ on the web. You don’t have to agree with all that they say but you will develop a picture of the historical errors of Rome.

  5. Frank Lostaunau Says:

    il papa put the fox in the hen house to protect the children:


  6. Frank Lostaunau Says:


  7. Thomas Says:

    They are varied experts. Give them a chance.

  8. Frank Lostaunau Says:

    Statement by SNAP leadership:


  9. Thomas Says:

    Granted, they excluded SNAP…for whatever reason, but they did include experts and social scientists. Once again, they excluded the consultation of the laity, as though transparency is not for their senses. As though the very Church is not their own…we all know that the children were.

  10. Thomas Says:

    The Church fathers get into trouble time and time again when they confuse ownership…they do not own the Church…

  11. Thomas Says:

    They also confuse membership and patrons…they see them as simpletons that throw greenbacks their way…but voiceless…because if they had a voice, hierarchy would not be allowed to manage the Church financially or otherwise.

  12. Michael Skiendzielewski Says:

    Speaking of bobbing and weaving (READ lying), here’s an item from Chaput’s sermon at the healing Mass last night in Philadelphia:

    “…..”the negligence of the church’s pastors”…..” Archbishop Chaput’s phrase in his sermon at the healing Mass…….

    The use of the word “pastors” is intentional and deliberate. If he were serious about healing and forgiveness, our Philadelphia spiritual leader would have said:

    “the negligence of the church’s BISHOPS”

    Michael Skiendzielewski
    Captain (retired)
    Philadelphia Police Dept.

  13. Thomas Says:

    They have been negligent for a very long time. Instead of gathering, they scattered. In the end, it will cost them dearly…

  14. Frank Lostaunau Says:

    yup…the BISHOPS…and CARDINALS…

  15. ERW Says:

    Let’s hope it costs them enough to put them out of business. We need an entirely new leadership: humble, NOT prone to pomp, power, and criminal intentions.

  16. Thomas Says:

    I think we got it…and hierarchy should start getting it too. It is a sticky situation…not one for Superman—here Spidee…here Spidee…


  17. Thomas Says:

    When dialogue opens to SNAP and Bishop Accountability…when they are undressed and not seen as enemies…then, the bishop of Rome can himself be seen as seriously credible.

  18. Thomas Says:

    It is never something that can be wished or prayed away… when sin and crime penetrate the house of God, it is better to fumigate with inclusion of the whole family… go outside the enclosed circle when more help is needed. The greatest help is in Council where one is stripped to the very core of being… it is confession, and if there were ever any benefit of such… we die to live anew. Call a Council, and kill the darkness… there is no room for it in the Light.

  19. ERW Says:

    Francis has to face victims personally, he really has to.

  20. Thomas Says:

    I expect him to…he is not a coward. His mission is top secret. Even he doesn’t know it yet.

  21. Thomas Says:

    The secret…Good Friday was not the last time God cried.

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