Pope Francis dumps 2 more bishops as housecleaning continues

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Pope Francis prays as he leads a mass in Asuncion, Paraguay, on July 12, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Pope Francis prays as he leads a mass in Asuncion, Paraguay, on July 12, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

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(RNS) The removals are the latest signs that Pope Francis aims to address the accountability of bishops in the sex abuse scandal, while also removing those who don’t reflect a humble and simple lifestyle.

  • Dominic

    Refreshing news from Rome. The Pope is not stalling on his promise to clean house.

  • Greg1

    Thank the Lord Jesus for Pope Francis. He is doing more than any other pope to clean up the homosexual pedophile scandal which nearly destroyed my Church. The Church must continue the purification process of rooting out people of power, who abuse teenage boys. The exodus of these bishops and priests are answered prayers of the highest order. Thank you Lord Jesus. Please stir up in these men, with this horrible disorder, the courage and willingness to get to confession, repent of their sins, and live the rest of their lives in prayer and solitude.

  • When bishops who sheltered clergy have been referred to local authorities for prosecution for obstruction of justice, THEN I might believe the Pope has decided enough is enough with these guys. When they’ve not only been forced to resign as bishops, but have been defrocked, turned out, and are no longer cared for by the Church, THEN I might believe the Pope actually wants them punished. Until then, resignations don’t really mean a whole heckuva lot. I mean, these guys have lost prestige … but effectively, and especially since they’re already close to the ages where they’d have to give up their offices anyway, they haven’t had to endure any real consequences for their actions.

  • Bernardo

    Too little, too late. The cat is out of the bag as the scandals have revealed the flawed theological and historical foundations of Christianity starting with There Was No Easter and never will be.

  • Dominic

    The sex scandal has not remotely touched the theological or foundational truth of the Catholic Church. That truth is impregnable.
    Scandals have besmirched the appearance of the Church over the centuries, but they have always been cleaned up. Sinners dwell within the Church as they do everywhere else in the world, the Church is not Heaven…..it is the Protector on Earth of the Faith God gave it.

  • Albert

    You do not believe in the Risen Christ but you lurk on the Religion News Service website. Are you looking for something missing in your life? As another respondent has noted, you might start with a course in logical fallacies.

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  • Carm

    Sez you. How sure you are indeed. And, for that matter, why are you reading the Religion News Service, if it’s all a fraud? I would think that it would not interest you unless, however, you read it in order to attack and spew bile all over the place.

  • Bernardo

    After 65 years being a red-neck Catholic, I began to search the studies concerning the historic Jesus resulting in the following summary:

    . Jesus was an illiterate Jewish peasant/carpenter/simple preacher man who suffered from hallucinations (or “mythicizing” from P, M, M, L and J) and who has been characterized anywhere from the Messiah from Nazareth to a mythical character from mythical Nazareth to a ma-mzer from Nazareth (Professor Bruce Chilton, in his book Rabbi Jesus). An-alyses of Jesus’ life by many contemporary NT scholars (e.g. Professors Ludemann, Crossan, Borg and Fredriksen, ) via the NT and related doc-uments have concluded that only about 10-30% of Jesus’ sayings and ways noted in the NT were authentic. The rest being embellishments (e.g. miracles)/hallucinations made/had by the NT authors to impress various Christian, Jewish and Pagan sects.

  • Bernardo,

    None of that disproves the authentic Jesus. That is the problem with rednecks. They go to either extreme.

  • Francis is rebuilding the church the way his namesake of Assissi wanted to do. Francis is the authentic disciple of Christ. Those who love peace love Francis.

  • Betty Clermont

    In June, a Mexican newspaper listed those prelates who had covered-up for pedophile priests: Norberto Rivera Carrera, defensor de Marcial Maciel y arzobispo primado de México, dicha lista también incluye a Jesús Carlos Cabrero Romero, arzobispo de San Luis Potosí; José Luis Chávez Botello, arzobispo de Oaxaca; Jonás Guerrero, obispo de Culiacán; Marcelino Hernández, obispo de Colima; y Raúl Vera, obispo de Saltillo, entre otros. http://www.proceso.com.mx/?p=408902
    Sorry, Gibson, your usual effort to whitewash this pontiff but Galvin Costillo is not mentioned.

  • Bernardo

    I suggest perusing the references posted at the Historical Jesus Theories, earlychristianwritings.com/theories.html site – the names of many of the contemporary historical Jesus scholars and the titles of their over 100 books on the subject and also Early Christian Writings, earlychristianwritings.com/
    – a list of early Christian documents to include the year of publication to include a review of each.

  • Bernardo



    From that famous passage: In 1 Corinthians 15 St. Paul reasoned, “If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.”

    “Heaven is a Spirit state” as per JPII and Aquinas i.e. there can be no bodies. i.e. there was and never will be any physical resurrection/ascension of human bodies.”

    And is it not ironical that JPII along with Aquinas are the ones who put meaning to the words “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is useless.”

  • Greg1

    Bernardo, I think you are hallucinating. Stop, take a breath, and look around. Ground yourself in reality. There, that’s it. Now look at your hand, and make it move, then move your foot. Good. Now say to yourself, I can make a person out of dirt and molecules, who can think, act, walk, talk, breathe, interact with nature, communicate with others, adapt to its environment, learn from mistakes, love, help, see, feel, hear, and all that simple stuff that scientists cannot even begin to understand other than to document how it works. Now when you are able to replicate from nothing, what God has given us, then you will have the right to criticize. You know, I really feel for Our Lord, who receives nothing but insults in return for his Love. But I guess you cannot help everyone, it is like trying to help a rattlesnake out of a pit–it will bite you every time.

  • Greg1

    Those pseudo priests need to be removed, and will be. Our Lord will see to it. I hope He will soon shed a light on all homosexual, bisexual and heterosexual pedophilia, when that occurs, many will be shocked at where all of it has been lurking over the years, and it is not just the Catholic Church, but in every church, and in every quarter of society. This filth needs to be exposed, and thrown in jail.

  • Bernardo


    Summarizing with a prayer:

    The Apostles’ 2015 (updated by yours truly based on the studies of NT historians and theologians of the past 200 years)

    Should I believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
    and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
    human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven?????

    I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
    preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
    named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
    girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

    Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
    the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

    Continued below:

  • Bernardo

    Jesus was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
    a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of

    Said Jesus’ story was embellished and “mythicized” by
    many semi-fiction writers. A bodily resurrection and
    ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
    Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
    grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
    and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.

    (References used are available upon request.)

  • Greg1

    Bernardo I’m impressed with the great work you’ve done; it must have taken all of 10 minutes. But rather than argue with you, why don’t you focus on one little aspect of the Catholic Faith. When a priest consecrates bread and wine at Mass, we believe the Holy Spirit descends upon the altar, and effects a substantive change to the elements, that they truly become the Body and Blood of our Lord (read John Chapter 6), but in a way that retains the form of bread and wine. Occasionally Our Lord gives us a reality check by allowing the hosts to bleed, or other. Here’s a You Tube video on one little example of those many occurrences. If you are going to cast judgment on Our Lord, then in fairness you should watch a comparative study video:

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  • Bernardo


    Regarding the Eucharist:

    The Last Supper? It was not an historic event. See http://www.faithfutures.org/JDB/jdb016.html for added details.

  • Vicar Dave

    Bravo Pope Francis.
    I remind you that the church needs to also take a new look at human sexuality. I have ministered in prison for over 20 years, ten years of which was with pedophiles, including clergy from all Christian denominations. Pedophiles are occasionally homosexuals but are usually “straight”. They have the mistaken idea that children are a-sexual and that they are in a childhood state themselves. They see themselves often as playing with peers-or acting out their old wounds from their childhood assault.
    Sometimes the church has a miss-guided understanding of sexuality.
    The demand that priests be celibate can sometimes attract men who are sexually maladaptive and stuck in child-like sexual development. A better screening process for candidates that is universal is needed. In addition, a review of celibacy as a demand for ordination should be undertaken.
    Homosexuality and pedophilia are not synonymous. In the past a lot of miss-information has been circulated in this…

  • Chris

    Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI defrocked over 800 clergy who had abused minors, but apparently that doesn’t count?

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  • Johnny Midnight

    Still waiting for Frankie to demand the red hat of one Roger Mahony or Daneels or to defrock the pervert Bishop Barros or Chile. I have a feeling I’ll be waiting a long time.

    Yes, Frankie is cleaning house alright. Cleaning out all the Catholics that is. If you share Frankie’s peculiar ecclesiology your job is safe, even if you are a deviant and deviant protector.

  • Bil Carter

    Chris – It seems many fans of Pope Francis have no memory whatsoever earlier than the day of his election. They fail to realize that he has made absolutely NO pronouncements that weren’t already Catholic teaching. He has defined no theology, and effected *almost* no changes that weren’t also instituted by his predecessors.

    If people are amazed at the crowds this pope gathers, they should have seen St. John Paul II. He went on 102 foreign trips to 129 countries over 27 years and seen by hundreds of millions of people. But somehow, Pope Francis is the “Pope of the People” after only 2 short years.