The Catholic Church has been under fire as of late after revelations of child sexual abuse by priests and other high ups spanning decades. The details revealed by a grand jury report of sexual abuse of priests and bishops in Pennsylvania over 70 years in which there were nearly 1,000 victims are enough to turn your stomach.
Also, Pope Francis himself is being accused of mishandling sexual abuse allegations and essentially looking the other way when former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was accused of being a serial abuser.
However, when asked about the claims that he knew about the allegations and did nothing in response, Francis said refused to answer. Instead, he said: “I will not say one word on this. I think the statement speaks for itself.”
Since the always-outspoken Pope Francis have refused to address the claims made against him, many have called on him to resign.
But, let’s be honest, that’s not going to happen. Instead, he’ll continue to advocate for political policies because….. that has a lot to do with religion?
On Saturday Pope Francis did address an emergency, but it’s not the one most rational-thinking people thought he would discuss. No, instead he talked about the “emergency of plastics in the ocean.”
Seriously, this actually happened. The Pope wrote the following:
“Sadly, all too often many efforts fail due to the lack of effective regulation and means of control, particularly with regard to the protection of marine areas beyond national confines. We cannot allow our seas and oceans to be littered by endless fields of floating plastic.”
There’s currently a child sexual abuse scandal underway in the Catholic Church where the pope himself is being accused of covering up, not reporting abuse and this is what he’s concerned about? Did he actually think that using the words “emergency of” and then not having them followed by “child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church” would be a good idea?
Glad to know he has his priorities in line.