July 7, 2014

Pope Francis’ meeting with abuse victims wasn’t a PR stunt, Vatican says

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For the first time in his papacy, Pope Francis met with clerical sex abuse victims at the Vatican on July 7, 2014.

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For the first time in his papacy, Pope Francis met with clerical sex abuse victims at the Vatican on July 7, 2014.

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Asked why Pope Francis' first meeting with abuse victims included no Americans, even though the U.S. scandal prompted worldwide attention, the Vatican's chief spokesman said it was “not such an easy thing to organize an event like this.”

  • Llew Nats

    I commend pope Francis for being so different from his predecessors. The church will benefit greatly from his new direction and guidance.

  • Chaplain Martin

    Pope Francis and the Catholic Church hierarchy now have another opportunity to put on some sack cloth and ashes and admit the terrible wrongs done to so many. Fully admitting the wrongs is only the beginning, in these cases Justice must also be served. A criminal can be forgiven even, if possible, by his/her victims but justice must be served. I don’t think the Catholic Church can ever “recover” with out a Reformation much the same as the first. There was a priest serving time for child abuse in a U.S. prison and he was allow to return to his nation of origin, this was in the 80’s. I doubt he ever faced any real justice. There is no doubt that the hierarchy from the Pope on down to the mother superior to the local priest lord it over the laity. Such a organization can never be without scandal.

    I’ll give you an idea about those “bad” protestant churches with lay leadership. I went to pick my grandson up today from Bible School. I had to wear a badge with a color and a code on it that matched the one my grandson was wearing. There were at least two security officers (most their security are church members and police officers), there is a monitor station were each area of the church can be seen. I noticed on leaving that a bathroom was marked “adults only”. All people are welcomed to this growing church but the members and leaders aren’t stupid, especially when it comes to children or anyone else who might be preyed upon.

  • Atheist Max

    Which priests did he have arrested today?
    Where is Bernie Law? Was he forced to face his accusers?

    Of course all of this is just a marketing ploy.
    Millions of suckers will fall for it – and the Pope knows it.
    He is accountable to nobody since his ‘boss’ doesn’t exist.

  • Atheist Max

    “There is no doubt that the hierarchy from the Pope on down to the mother superior to the local priest lord it over the laity”

    Abjection and submission to authority are two of the most immoral
    aspects of religion. God forces this because ‘he/it’ always needs interpreters to do his bidding.

    Religion is breathtakingly immoral.

  • Chaplain Martin

    Appreciate your comment Bro. Max. Religion sure leads itself to some immoral stuff if not held to the authority of God. Yes I have faith in God but I’m not too good at submission.

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