Last thing I want to do is defend the Catholic Church in how they handle sex abuse scandals. It was a big reason why I no longer consider myself Catholic. Their policy should be if someone makes an accusation, call the police and let the priest or whatever deal with it that way.
But at the same time, I don't see a problem with him saying he won't consider someone guilty and having to denounce him without proof.It shouldn't be the Church's place to look for that proof, or decide if this proof is good enough or not. That leads to trouble. Unless there's more than I'm not getting.
Post by CassandraW on Jun 15, 2018 15:31:28 GMT -5
I actually have a fair degree of affection for Pope Francis, despite being an atheist, and find him a breath of fresh air in a stodgy, out-of-date institution. Of course I disagree with him on a bunch of things, but I think overall his intentions are good and that he's a good man. I really do.
But I agree with Rob that Pope F's calling the allegations "slander" was not exactly one of his finer moments.
I actually don't need the guy to resign. But he and the entire Catholic church have some serious penance and work to do with regard to the church's long history of hushing up and dismissing such allegations, and they need to suck it up. It's fair enough to note that unproven allegations are unproven and that the accused have rights until they are proven. It's another to dismiss the allegations as slander, especially given how many past victims were silenced, with the church being actively complicit in their silencing. Pope Francis, as head of the church, needs to fully accept his share of the blame, and openly work towards addressing the issue. He and the church owe that to the victims.