A heartfelt salute from me to the editors of Commonweal, the liberal Catholic journal, for their sternly worded editorial calling out Pope Francis for his inexcusable habits on the Chilean intercourse abuse case. Excerpt:
No concern threatens the church’s witness and credibility like its ongoing response to the sexual-abuse disaster, and it’s inexcusable that Francis responded the way in which he did. That all this comes so quickly after letting the Commission on Protecting Minors lapse is additional trigger for alarm.
The letter that Francis obtained in 2015 instantly contradicts his declare that no victims had come ahead in Chile, and makes it troublesome to consider that he was defending Barros out of ignorance. Francis’s election, with its promise to return an actual measure of authority to native church buildings, gave new life to the reform agenda of Vatican II. But with regards to the disaster that has devastated the church, it more and more seems to be as if Francis is simply providing extra of the identical—or worse. He may not be inclined to guage, however the church and the world are watching, and won’t hesitate to just do that. Francis has demanded accountability from clergymen and bishops, and now have to be held to account himself.
The “letter” in query is one dated March three, 2015, and hand-delivered by Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston to Francis. The letter was from Juan Carlos Cruz, who accused a priest named Juan Barros of watching whereas his (Barros’s) mentor, a Father Fernando Karadima, molested him and different boys. Karadima was in the end punished by his crimes by the Vatican, however a choose in Chile stated the he discovered the victims’ allegations to be “truthful and reliable,” and stated that the one motive Karadima couldn’t be punished beneath Chile’s legal regulation was that the statute of limitations had expired.
Francis named Barros a bishop in January 2015 over the objections of the Chilean bishops’ convention. According to the timeline printed by the Catholic Herald, on February three, Cruz wrote a protracted letter to the Vatican’s ambassador in Chile telling him what Barros had allegedly witnessed. When Barros was put in in March, there have been massive protests towards it by native Catholics.
On his current journey to Chile, Francis reiterated his protection of Barros, and informed the general public that no victims had come ahead.
“The day someone brings me proof against Bishop Barros, then I will talk,” Francis stated earlier than celebrating Mass outdoors the northern Chilean metropolis of Iquique. “But there is not one single piece of evidence. It is all slander. Is that clear?”
Cardinal O’Malley, who has been Francis’s chief advisor on intercourse abuse, rebuked the pope for his phrases. And now we most likely know why: O’Malley himself delivered the letter personally to Francis. It is unimaginable to consider that Francis didn’t learn the letter hand delivered by O’Malley.
What was within the letter? From the BBC’s newest:
“When we were in a room with Karadima and Juan Barros, if he [Barros] wasn’t kissing Karadima, he watched as one of us, one of the younger ones, was touched by Karadima and forced to give him kisses,” [Cruz] writes [in his letter to Francis].
“Karadima would say to me: ‘Put your mouth next to mine and stick out your tongue.’ He’d stick out his and kiss us with his tongue. Juan Barros witnessed all of this on countless occasions, not just in my case but in the case of others as well.”
Addressing himself to Pope Francis, Mr Cruz says: “Holy Father, Juan Barros says he saw nothing and yet, there are dozens of us who can testify to the fact that not only was he present when Karadima abused us, but that he, too, kissed Karadima and they touched each other.”
He concludes the letter with this attraction: “Please Holy Father, don’t be like the others. There are so many of us who despite everything think that you can do something. I treasure my faith, it’s what sustains me, but it is slipping away from me.”
“Please Holy Father, don’t be like the others.” But he was just like the others. He is just like the others. This is the self-styled Pope of Mercy, however the place in him is the mercy for males like Juan Carlos Cruz?
Well, it’s now occurred. The nice scandal of the fashionable Catholic Church — its tolerance for clergy who abuse youngsters, and its laxity when coping with bishops who themselves tolerated or enabled priest-abusers — now touches instantly on the pope himself.
The info as we all know them go away us with a couple of interpretations. 1) Pope Francis merely by no means learn the letter, ignoring this extraordinary intervention by the Vatican’s personal fee on a matter of public controversy for his preach. 2) Francis learn the letter however forgot about it, reverting to his unique understanding of the case. three) Francis learn the letter, however caught to his resolution for Barros, committing unintentional or intentional deceptions concerning the state of his information of the accusations. four) He learn the letter, however both doubted the accusations in it, or at the least discovered them so unimpressive that he didn’t determine to observe up on them.
The first rationalization would imply that Francis was culpably ignorant. The second that he might lack the psychological or ethical colleges to competently govern the Catholic Church. The third that he’s too cussed or useless to alter course within the face of proof. And the final that he has little belief or religion within the Commission on the Protection of Minors to move on credible counsel to him. Perhaps extra reporting or disclosure will change our understanding, however none of those are passable.
No, they aren’t.
Look, you already know that these items enrages me. I misplaced my Catholic religion over it. In an essential sense, what Rome does or doesn’t do about clerical sexual molestation of youngsters just isn’t my drawback, at the least not prefer it as soon as was. But this newest spherical hits on per week wherein I’ve realized of 4 associates — 4 — who had been sexually molested as babies. None by clergy, however all by folks they and their households trusted. The fallout has been emotionally, psychologically, and bodily devastating for them. One of those victims informed me, “You spend your whole life thinking that there’s something in you that’s dirty, that you can never be clean.”
“But it wasn’t your fault,” I stated.
“I know,” stated this particular person. “I have always known that in my head. But I don’t know that in my heart. I don’t know that in my body. All my life, every time I’ve walked into a room, I have felt that everybody was judging me, because I was a dirty person.”
This, from one of many gentlest associates I’ve. What introduced the subject up was my speaking concerning the mess with Pope Francis and the Chilean bishop. My pal stated, “That’s how it always goes. Nobody believes the children. They don’t want to believe the children.”
“Because they don’t want to believe the children,” I stated, my jaw clenching. “If they believe the children, that means they have to act on it.”
The tales I’ve heard over the previous few days have shaken me up fairly onerous. I examine issues like this rather a lot once I was masking the Catholic scandal from 2001 till round 2007 or so. I knew nicely that these items occurred. I didn’t know that the abominable crime of kid sexual abuse would ever strike so near my circle. Again, these abusers weren’t clergy — although in a single case, when the sufferer informed her priest what had been performed to her, the priest responded that it was her fault. She was seven years outdated.
When does it finish? When does it ever finish? Who are you able to belief? Damned if I do know.
May God have mercy on all these individuals who knew what was occurring and regarded the opposite manner, and particularly on those that referred to as the victims liars, as a result of it’s certainly past my capability to have any.
Is Randall Margraves, the daddy within the clip under, a Catholic? If so, ordain him and make him Pope: