Yes, before the Catholic Church becomes irrelevant and people start shying away from it in droves.
The other day the most senior Catholic cleric ever charged with child sex abuse was convicted of molesting two choir boys and faces up to 50 years in the slammer.
Cardinal George Pell, 77, the Australian prelate was until now Pope Francis’ top financial adviser and the Vatican’s economy minister, and I hear one of Francis’ most trusted friends.
Show me your friends and I will tell you what kind of man you are. Ring a bell?
What is concerning is that child sex abuse has been going on in the Catholic Church for centuries, and no matter how much we are told that steps are being taken to quell this felonious behavior nothing has changed.
Cardinal Pell’s crimes are most shocking. He is alleged to have molested the young lads following serving holly communion, and in his pool, going back to the 1970s.
As he was leaving the courthouse following the verdict, one man was heard shouting, “You’re a monster, and you are going to burn in hell, you freak.”
Much as I don’t believe in heaven or hell, my sentiments exactly.
My beef with Pope Francis is that he is all talk and no action. He became Pope on March 13, 2013 but six years later this predatory conduct within the church has not abated.
Talk is cheap.
Worse still, the culprits are moved from their dioceses and sheltered at the Vatican to, allegedly, be rehabilitated. Give me a break. Just as priests accused of culpability in the genocide against Tutsi in 1994 were given shelter behind the imposing walls of the Vatican to escape the long arm of the law.
Is this not collusion in a criminal enterprise?
True, Pope Francis is the first Pope ever to publicly acknowledge the problem of priests and bishops sexually abusing nuns as well as children. So what? This age old criminal conduct continues un-abated among the ranks of priests as well as the reprehensible abuse of children.
And all Pope Francis has to say is that we need to “prepare their souls (the culprits) for eternal judgement.” No shit.
And he continues, “Often behind their boundless amiability, impeccable activity and angelic faces, they shamelessly conceal a vicious wolf-ready stance to devour innocent souls.”
But Francis has long failed to understand the gravity of the scandal that threatens the church and his other priorities. He has taken little concrete action to solve the problem.
Pope Francis needs a reality check when it comes to sex abuse.
Anne Barrett Doyle, Co-Director of BishopAccountability.org that tracks clergy sex abuse cases had this to say, “At a moment that cries for visionary leadership and radical change, the Pope is indulging in make-believe and misdirection.”
Is this not what happens when you deprive men and women of their natural right to sexuality and procreation? Just because things have been this way for ages does not justify preserving the status quo, especially when there is no logic or rhyme to the philosophy, or even any spiritual basis for celibacy.
Pope Francis has on more than one occasion threatened to resign. His failure to end criminal conduct among his brethren may be reason good enough to justify resignation.