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How Will Pope Francis Confront His Church's Sex Abuse Scandal?

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Francis I, the newly elected Bishop of Rome and Pope to the World, takes over the Papacy at a critical time for the Roman Catholic Church. The Church has been dealing with pedophile priests for well over fifty years, with investigation after investigation going back to the 1950's where systemic sexual encounters with young boys was being committed world wide. The vast majority of these cases are only coming to light in the past few years and one can only imagine that there will be many more to come.

    I sincerely question if Pope Francis will be able to address this issue in a way that suits a majority of people's satisfaction. Not because I am rooting for him to fail, but because I just don't see how any one person can heal the gaping wound that this scandal caused to the Church as a whole. How is it that this tragedy can go on for well over fifty years with no one in power stepping forward to end it? I just don't see how the upper echelons of power within the Church knew nothing of it. That just doesn't make sense to me.

    Now, I am by no means rooting for Pope Francis to fail at this tough task and I genuinely hope that the name he took foretells a new push by the Church to expose the utter inequality and poverty that is going on throughout the world. On the other hand, I do have to wonder if he will address the issue that has been rocking the Church for years or avoid it almost entirely like his predecessors? I only hope that he is willing to address this scar on the Church and let the world know once and for all that it will never happen again.
  • Democrat
    Lawrence, MA
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    Dear Jared, How long will the new Pope champion the unborn while saying nothing about American catholics slaughtering catholics in other parts of the world ?
  • Democrat
    Meridian, MS
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    Hey Left, please explain what you mean by American Catholics, like me, slaughtering Catholics in other parts of the world. I haven't killed anyone, not here or elsewhere in this world, and I don't know anyone who personally has.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    michaels39301 Wrote: Hey Left, lease explain what you mean by American Catholics, like me, slaughtering Catholics in other parts of the world. I haven't killed anyone, not here or elsewhere in this world, and I don't know anyone who personally has.
    Here is the latest news from the Netherlands; they, Dutch catholics do not like this choice! The reason is as follows; the Dutch princess now nominated to become Queen (Maxima) is from origin Argentine. Her dad was also associated with the Junta. So they know a lot what all went on in Argentine. This new Pope has got a very "shady" background and was in "bed" with the Junta for years. According to the Dutch news there may be a lot of things in hidden closets about this guy which may eventually pop up. As you know the Junta killed a lot of people or people just disappeared etc. or were dumped into the sea.
    I helped in selling a couple of F28's to the Junta at that time and visited Buenos Aires as a protected guest.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    If you Google Papal Scandals you will find that these scandals have been around for almost as long as there was a Papacy, todays scandals as horrible as they were (Acts of pedophila) pale by comparision to the earlier Popes ,rapes,murders, incest,satanic rites being performed,using the Papal Palace as a whorehouse, and even the selling of the Papacy to a relative for 680 kilograms of gold, unfortunitly man being a weak creature there will always be men in authority who will abuse their authority for their own agenda's there is no such thing as a perfect man, Jesus Christ being the closest thing to perfection was killed for it by man .
  • Democrat
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    Heck, if you google U.S. Presidential Scandals, you will see that they too have been around since our founding, and even MAJOR presidential scandals since the time of Ulysses Grant, so I don't believe any group of humans to be exempt. Humans are sinners, period.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    So many people think that the Pope and the Papacy should be political and make changes to conform with the current line of thinking, Catholicism is a denomination of Christian beliefs and should not, as well as other Faiths be held to changing political times.
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    johnnycee Wrote: So many people think that the Pope and the Papacy should be political and make changes to conform with the current line of thinking, Catholicism is a denomination of Christian beliefs and should not, as well as other Faiths be held to changing political times.
    Hmmm...What causes those changing political times? Why, it's the people that fill the pews. The majority of Catholics don't hold the churches stance regarding family planning. Most don't have 19 kids. So a safe play for the church is just to hush up about certain things. Not change their stance but just look the other way.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    Those people who fill the pews may not be true Christians, this why the decline in attenance for Sunday Service is at a all time low, Jesus himself was reported to have said, not a direct quote!" If one of you gather in my name it is a temple", that there are so many voices in the pews it still does not make it a church. it is those followers who believe in the tenets of the Faith of their choosing that make it a place of worship.
  • Democrat
    Lawrence, MA
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    Mike, If you can't figure, or didn't hear, that American catholic aviators were bombing North Vietnamese catholics , or that catholic American troops killed tens of thousands of civilian Iraqi catholics, or that American troops incinerated hundreds, maybe thousands, of civilian , catholic Panamanians
    I'm not the one to do your research. But why do statements like that raise your suspicions ? Do you think the Church would speak out if something like that were happening ? Yes ! You would think so wouldn't you ?
  • Democrat
    Lawrence, MA
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    Mike, I didn't say " American catholics like you ". I don't even know you.
  • Democrat
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    When I was in service ,and while I was still a Roman Catholic, a particular incident changed me in ways that only my shrink could explain to me, while awaiting transport to what became a hot LZ, I had to serve as an alter boy in full TO & E at a Catholic Service being conducted for what I think was for Holy Week and also I had Communion, after seeking God's blessing and receiving Holy Communion, I then went out mere hours later to kill some NVA's, now if you think that the priest who conducted the Mass was concerned about whether or not the soldiers we were about to encounter would be Catholic or Buddhist or wharever, he never did say, but I am sure he knew where we were headed and what we were about to do.
  • Democrat
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    Back to the original question. By golly, Bogoglio will slather the subject with thousands of words, pertitnent and obscure. But that's all we'll get is words. In the end very little will change because
    1 He will retain the "celibate" clergy Priests will not be allowed to marry. A very attractive situation for pedohiles.
    2. He will not allow a female priesthood. ( even this would not answer the problem )
    So the priesthood will remain a sanctuary for pedophiles, perhaps with a few measures to disquise the fact. And if they are not already the peds will soon be a majority, becuase straight males would think twice before jumping into that nightmare, where there very presence would make them suspect......I also believe something like that could take place if the US ever tries to reinstitute the draft. It's conceivable that many young men would refuse to serve in a queer army.
  • Independent
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    Leftofcenter Wrote: Back to the original question. By golly, Bogoglio will slather the subject with thousands of words, pertitnent and obscure. But that's all we'll get is words. In the end very little will change because
    1 He will retain the "celibate" clergy Priests will not be allowed to marry. A very attractive situation for pedohiles.
    2. He will not allow a female priesthood. ( even this would not answer the problem )
    So the priesthood will remain a sanctuary for pedophiles, perhaps with a few measures to disquise the fact. And if they are not already the peds will soon be a majority, becuase straight males would think twice before jumping into that nightmare, where there very presence would make them suspect......I also believe something like that could take place if the US ever tries to reinstitute the draft. It's conceivable that many young men would refuse to serve in a queer army.
    I'm a bit confused; what is that church all about? An "antique fashion" show for old people who should not be married? Looks to me already a bit gay? So what is their problem? Anyway they hate "witches", that has has been proven!!
  • Democrat
    Meridian, MS
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    Leftofcenter Wrote: Mike, I didn't say " American catholics like you ". I don't even know you.
    Left, I understand that you do not know me BUT you said "Catholic aviators and Catholic American troops" and since I was raised Catholic, that implies that those with the same faith and beliefs as me were doing this evil, and doing it because they were Catholics. You said nothing about any Jewish, Methodist, Baptist, Lutheran or other religious sect's members doing any of the bombing and killing that took place. Why single out Catholics if you were not saying that THEY were the only ones to blame?

    Insofar as the Church speaking out, have you heard of ANY church speaking out, and NOT speaking out against non-members, but their members alone? Neither have I and I believe that is called separation of church and state.