Pope Francis sought forgiveness for the "evil" of priests who sexually abused children, addressing head-on an issue Friday that has dogged the Catholic Church for two decades.
The abusers have been criminals and predators, sure, but I first look at them as sick people, and such, perhaps not totally in control of their actions. The ones I view as truly evil are the ones who knew better, and could have done something about the problem long ago, but chose to cover up for them, and to deny that there was a systemic problem.
He ought to beg forgiveness for those people first.
He said "the Church is
aware...". If he'd been for forthright, he'd have said "The Church has been
aware, for many decades, but we sat on our hands, so as to not harm the franchise...the money was just too good to stop that gravy train for the mere sake of not inflicting permanent harm on thousands of innocent children.".
The Pope's stance, and his promises to deal with the problem, are long overdue, but at least his words indicate that the church has started in the right direction. Finally, perhaps it will act in a Christian, moral manner, instead of just preaching about morality.
Christ would approve. And the ones that covered up for so long?
I wish I believed in Hell, so I could have faith that they're either there, or on their way.
addressing head-on an issue Friday that has dogged the Catholic Church for two decades.
It's been a big PR problem for two decades, but it's been a known practice in the church for many hundreds of years, and has been known, by decent people, to be disgusting predation for a lot longer than two decades.