Pope moving slowly towards addressing abuse scandals

The Pope has been justifiably criticised for his tardiness in addressing multiple abuse scandals in the Catholic Church around the world.  He seems to be slowly moving towards being seen to be doing something about it.

Pope Francis is insisting that bishops attending his high-stakes sex abuse prevention summit will learn the laws to use against predators, how to care for victims and will make sure that no cleric abuse cases are covered up again.

The Vatican on Wednesday provided details about the Feb. 21-24 meeting, saying its main aim is to guarantee that bishops around the world “clearly understand what they need to do to prevent and combat the worldwide problem of the sexual abuse of minors.”

It’s extremely late to be making sure that bishops understand laws related to sexual predators, but at least it is happening.

Francis announced in September that he was inviting presidents of bishops’ conferences around the world to attend the summit amid a crisis in his papacy over his own botched handling of sex abuse cases and a new explosion of the scandal in the U.S., Chile and beyond.

Francis has a blemished record on handling sex abuse cases.

As a cardinal in Argentina, Francis commissioned an external legal study into the case of a popular priest accused of abuse whose conviction was upheld by the country’s supreme court. Last year, he strongly defended a Chilean bishop accused of covering for a notorious predator.

The Pope himself has had a major learning curve on this.

Francis has also been accused of turning a blind eye to the sexual misconduct with adults by the American ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. And the pope is now under the spotlight because an Argentine bishop whose career he promoted, first in Argentina and now at the Holy See, is under investigation for sexual misconduct with seminarians.

The Vatican spokesman, Alessandro Gisotti, said Francis realized the problem is global and must be addressed globally by the church.

The problems (plural, many, over a long time) have not been dealt with abysmally up until now.

The summit may be a move in the right direction but there looks to be a long way to go for the pope and the Catholic Church to repair extensive damage that has been done, both to many lives of victims over decades, and also to the reputation of the church.

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  1. Blazer

     /  17th January 2019

    filth.

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  2. Duker

     /  17th January 2019

    Bishops in Western countries have acess to highly qualified lawyers on what the law means. Those lawyers, often devout Catholics themselves are adept at showing the loopholes for the Bishops to avoid financial reckoning and to pressure the more fragile complainants into a sort of grey zone where they arent really believed.

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  3. Zedd

     /  17th January 2019

    Many folks think that Pope Francis1 is a ‘breath of fresh air’ from the Catholic church, BUT he is a Jesuit; the most hardline sect. They were charged with the anti-Reformation & came out of the Inquisition.

    It looks like they are trying to put a ‘soft-face’ on this ‘bunch of tyrants’ ?

    One thing that you see (If you look into it): The RCC do NOT change, They still advocate the ‘Council of Trent’ (16th century) as their official line on dogma. “Keep Sweeping it under the carpet.. then Smile” is likely, what is really going on.

    Where is the REAL power in the world.. even today ?? :/
    **google Rothschild/Vatican/NWO & see some interesting stuff. Im not saying its all true, but you dont often ‘get smoke without fire’ 😦

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    • Duker

       /  17th January 2019

      Oh pleeese. Not the Rothschilds…. and all that ‘real power in the world’ nonsense.

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      • Zedd

         /  17th January 2019

        Oh pleeese.. not the ‘NOT the Rothschilds..’

        Im guessing you are a Catholic OR a Banker ? 😀

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        • Zedd

           /  17th January 2019

          OR maybe even connected to the Rothschilds.. DUKEr ?

          oh dear.. 😀 😀

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          • Zedd

             /  17th January 2019

            or perhaps Duke R ??

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            • Duker

               /  17th January 2019

              You need your ‘head read’…. or maybe the ecclesiastical term ..bonkers

            • I too used to think, that the ‘conspiracy theorists’ were all; ‘Bonkers’ too

              BUT with the advent of the internet.. anyone can look into what these so-called ‘Nut Jobs; are saying & if you do join the dots, then some actually look credible.

              Heres something I do see; The Vatican is an Independent ‘Sovereign state’ as is ‘City of London’ & ‘Washington DC’. They all have a large Domed Building & Egyptian Needle at their Centre. (which came first) Yes it could just be a coincidence. BUT they are also ALL connected with the Rothschild Banking industry/family too.

              There was a time when England & USA were considered “Protestant nations’ & opposed to RCC.. now they are both ‘bowing down’. Check it & see: Knights of Malta (White Maltese Cross) is on much of their ‘regalia’. It is widely known to have been created by the Vatican. No other ‘Religious Leader’ has addressed the UN & USA congress. There are even recent pictures of the ArchBishop of Canterbury ‘kissing the Pope’s Ring’ (so much for him being head of the CoE) & Queen Lizzie/USA first ladies all wearing the ‘Black Vail’ when meeting him. This has always been considered a ‘subservient position’

              “Believe it or NOT !?” 😀

            • Duker

               /  17th January 2019

              Clarey didn’t kiss the Pope’s ring, neither did the queen.
              That’s only for RC bishops

            • Duker

               /  17th January 2019

              Sorry ..Archbishop Ramsey

            • Zedd

               /  17th January 2019

              The pic I saw is Arch Bishop Rowan Williams bowing & kissing Pope JP2 ring; In total submission.

              btw; There was time when the USA supreme court (9 judges) were all either Protestants or Jews. Now they are 6 RCC, 3 Jews & NO protestants. Shift of their ‘Legal power’ to Rome ?

              There are sources that state that the USA Federal Reserve, Bank of England & Vatican Bank are all ‘backed by the Rothschilds’ (Gold)

              Conspiracy theory OR…. the real GLOBAL power

              Nathan Rothschild even reportedly boasted: “I care not what puppet is placed upon the throne of England… The man who controls Britain’s money supply controls the British Empire & I control the British money supply.”

              ….Believe it or NOT..

  4. PartisanZ

     /  17th January 2019

    At least they’re consistent!

    The Catholic Church, whose doctrines are inimical to life, are moving slowly in every way, on every thing …

    In 2100 years they’ve barely begun to institute the ideology and practices of their founder.

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    • Duker

       /  17th January 2019

      Founder ? St Peter!

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      • PartisanZ

         /  17th January 2019

        Yeah, well … St Peter … or the founder of their religion, Jesus of Nazareth

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        • Duker

           /  17th January 2019

          Thanks I don’t think JC founded ‘a religion’s let alone a church. Aren’t they all much later concepts

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          • Duker

             /  17th January 2019

            Very early chritianity was a Jewish sect called jewish christianity. Probably abit like Mormonism is a sect offshoot but not really Christian anymore

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          • PartisanZ

             /  17th January 2019

            I’ve not studied it greatly. I recall reading or hearing that Jesus told Peter he would be “the rock of his Church” or something … Pretty sure he references “church” anyhow …

            I understood that Jesus was the leader of a movement to reform Judaism, which had become horribly corrupted by … guess what … money! Him throwing the money-lenders out of the Temple is a pivotal moment in the story IMHO, which raised the ire of the Pharisees to new heights.

            I’m making this up as I go now … Perhaps this was their real reason – or another powerful one – for wanting rid of him? Jesus had disrupted their ‘trade’ as well as challenging their doctrines, rituals and practices. He’d shown up the hypocrisy of their ‘morality’.

            Anyhow, modern Man isn’t very well versed in “do unto others” or turning the other cheek despite 2 millenia of so-called Christian teachings … There might as well not be a ‘New Testament’ … and the Catholic Church was and maybe still is the principal ‘teacher’ …

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            • Gezza

               /  17th January 2019

              The more accurate literal translations available these days are to the effect that St Peter is his rock and upon this rock he will build his assembly or congregation and the powers of hell will not overcome it.

              But I think that’s a pretty good summary of what Jesus is said to have done.

              St Paul is the apostle many perhaps most scholars credit with establishing the earliest doctrines and spreading the faith – he travelled widely throughout the Middle East and Mediterranean Europe, from memory.

              Then the bishops of what became the Catholic Church basically took control of the various Christian Communities under Roman Emperor Constantine I in AD 325 & established lots of silly dogma & doctrine, and of what scriptures were to be in the official Bible – and sects have differed & separated from it ever since.

            • Duker

               /  18th January 2019

              I wondered about that rock thing. Others give it a different context
              https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/why-did-jesus-say-peter-was-the-rock-on-which-the-church-would-be-built/

              of course this would have been written in greek much later.

  5. Mother

     /  18th January 2019

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