Pope Francis shocked Christians by what he just said about the sex abuse scandal

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The Catholic Church is reeling from another sex abuse scandal.

After credibly being accused of ignoring the abuse, the Pope originally refused to comment.

But he left Christians stunned when he pointed the finger at who was responsible for the scandal.

In his homily at a recent Mass in Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis blamed “The Great Accuser” for whipping up scandals in the Catholic Church by exposing bishops’ sins.

In these times, it seems like the “Great Accuser” has been unchained and is attacking bishops. True, we are all sinners, we bishops. He tries to uncover the sins, so they are visible in order to scandalize the people. The ‘Great Accuser’, as he himself says to God in the first chapter of the Book of Job, “roams the earth looking for someone to accuse”.

The statement blindsided many Christians for appearing to blame the victims for speaking out about their abuse.

While some cases of false accusations certainly do exist, the systemic abuse suffered by parishioners and seminarians at the hands of more than 300 priests who were protected by the Church’s hierarchy deserves swift condemnation.

Instead, the Pope left some of its faithful skeptically questioning if they were tools of “the great accuser,” as The Washington Examiner‘s Timothy P. Carney did.

Carney describes with near disbelief the astonishing failure of a then-bishop (now Cardinal) Donald Wuerl to punish or report a priest, George Zirwas, who was known to have participated in a small ring of gay predatory priests in Pittsburgh in the 1980s.

Once it was known Zirwas was in a ring of predatory priests and had two accusations against him, a shepherd zealous for the protection of his little ones would have acted with the righteous fury that Christ prescribes. A good shepherd would have reacted to Zirwas not with therapy, but with the swift justice that would have made the wicked priest prefer the millstone around his neck as he was thrown into the sea.

Carney goes on to say, “[Wuerl’s] failures were so obvious that true breast-beating public penance is certainly called for. Instead, we in Wuerl’s flock have gotten public relations campaigns and corporate-speak from our archbishop.”

With the Pope pointing the finger for this scandal at “the great accuser” instead of condemning the sinful action of hundreds of priests, it would appear the PR campaign is extending far beyond the local Archdiocese all the way to the top of the Catholic Church.

Were the Pope’s remarks inappropriate considering the seriousness of the accusations the Catholic Church is facing?

Sound off in the comments below!

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  1. Seems this pope is a bit irrational to say the least. Do not understand why the bishops and cardinals don’t get rid of him. He is very damaging to Catholics everywhere. He is a liberal who should not have been put in this position, if he cannot condemn what is so wrong with all those sex abusing priests and bishops.

    • You see how little you know about our spiritual leader. They cannot fire the Pope. He is Pope as long as he lives, unless he decides to step down. We Catholics believe in the Holy Spirit. We believe the Holy Spirit influences the Cardinals when they vote. If he became mentally incapacitated someone would act in his behalf.
      Are you suggesting they poison him. They have done it before.

      You people will believe a Benny Hinn hears from the Lord, but deny that our Pope can.
      Man that takes the cake

      • It doesn’t matter what your religious leaning are,whether its the Pope or Benny Hinn,we are still to judge them according to the fruit produced by the Spirit in them,there is a big difference between creed and actions,its easy to claim to hear from Yahweh(God),but we have to look at what that person or persons do,if their actions do not reflect what the word of God says on a given subject,then they are not speaking according to the Spirit,also take note,the Holy Spirit is Yahweh God,despite what Catholic’s or protestants say about Yahweh,he is still ONE,he is not a trinity,his covenant is with Israel and not with the Christian religion,its voluntary not compulsory if Christians are to take part in the New covenant they must identify with Israel through their acceptation of Yeshua Messiah,they also must be willing to obey the terms and conditions of the New Covenant,the terms are layed out in Jeremiah 31:31-34,Hebrew 8:10-12 and Hebrews 10:16-18,whether it is Protestantism,Catholcism,Judaism or Islam,these religions have no authority to set any terms or condition other than what has already been set and established by the Torah,nor do they have any authority to add or take away from any condition or terms established in the Torah,so whether it is Benny Hinn or the catholic church,false religion that does not line up with the Torah,can not speak for Yahweh nor do they in reality hear from him,sense it is only Yeshua’s sheep who hear his voice and another voice they will not follow.

  2. I cannot in my conscience continue to belong to this church under this Pope who continues to neglect the church problems, preach liberal ideas and go on with his own agenda of globalism. He is involved in dirty politics. He needs to be removed as a Pope. I pray to God directly .

      • #1, THIS church has been BURYING accusations against the church & it’s priests for Hundreds of Years!
        #2, THIS is the church that had Giordano Bruno BURNT at the stake for daring to say that Galileo & Copernicus were Right, when they said that the Earth orbited around the Sun, and not the other way around. Galileo was allowed to LIVE under “house arrest” the last 8-9 yrs of his life. It only took 500 Years for the Church to admit that the Earth Does Orbit around the Sun!
        #3, This is the Church that instituted the “inquisition”!
        #4, This is the church that “divied up” other nations/continents that Catholic dominant countries were trying to open trade relations with, or Conquer. There is a REASON that almost ALL of Central & South America speaks Spanish, or Portuguese!
        #5, This is the Church that still insists that women are Inferior to men, and WE are supposed to be “good girls” to keep the souls of the boys/men from being LOST! “Eve tempted Adam” is their teaching, NOT “Adam was tempted & GAVE IN”.
        #6, AND, about 500 yrs ago, the Church sent a panel of priests to the “New World” to determine if Native American Indians had “souls”-> They couldn’t come to a decision, but if they had to say Yes or No, they’d go with NO.

    • I am Catholic and I believe the same you do. Alas..it is hard to remove a Pope in the Catholic Church.
      All one can do is remove yourself from that Church. I can’t because I love my Husband and he honors his mother by going to Mass. So I go with him. The true word of God however I get from reading the Torah.

      • Hos long was Benedict Pooe? How long has Frsncis been Pope. John died April 2, 2005. That is about 15 years.

        I wish Christian Churches had been dealing with it about 15 years. More than a thousand years more like it.

        It got worse after Second Vatican II. Guessing around 1962 to I think 1965. The church started being careless about who they allowed in the seminaries. Vication Directors were looking for bodies to replace elderly priest

      • Abnormal Gays. Thank you Dr. Phil. Are you talking about those abnormal Doctors, Nurses, Teachers, Lawyers, Corporate Presidents, Baptist Ministers, the greatest Gospel singers that you loved, until some Christian got jealous and outed them.

    • Because the stories were not public news. Because someone discovered the church was an easy target. Probably a lawyer.

      But, it should be known. They should go to jail. The Bishops cared more about the Church structure than the people. The Bishops involved should gi to jail also.

      I am sure they got their narching orders directly from Rome. It may have been hidden frim Pope John.

      Just like all large religious organizations there is politics. You scratch my back and I will scratch yours when needed

  3. The Pope was speaking about SATAN. Satan is known as the Great Accuser. I don’t like the way journalists twist the words of people. It stated clearly (in the first chapter of the Book of Job). Please, get your story right or don’t write it.

    • I totally agree. Even though the sexual abuse cases may be real, Satan is using it to destroy the church. I am not against the priests paying a price for the abuse. The Bible clearly states that whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap.
      But, someone also needs to teach the abused all about forgiveness, because if they cannot forgive, they will not be forgiven. Forgiveness is not about forgetting. It is about not condemning the guilty, just as God does not hold us guilty of our sins when we repent. I have been sexually abused myself, and I haven’t forgotten, but I did forgive the perpetrator. Forgiveness was not for the perpetrator, it was for me. When I forgave and did not condemn them, God also forgave me of my sins. Forgiveness is a selfish act in a very good way. I forgive, and I am forgiven. What a great deal that is.

    • Not to diminish the pain the abused have gone through, but do we really want justice? Justice says these abusers need to pay the price for their sins and I am going to enforce it. I do not want justice, because if I demand justice, it means I have to pay the price for my sins rather than allowing Jesus to do it for me. I don’t want justice, I want “forgiveness.” It is far superior. Justice may make you feel good for a few days, but forgiveness is for eternity.

  4. Liberalism is a mental disorder and Pelosi, Behar, Hillary Carrey, Waters are just some of the poster girls in the deranged NAZI Commie Demoncrat party!!! Here is just another Liberal useful idiot on display!

  5. Why does anybody even pay attention to what some guy named Frances says?
    Just ignore stupid things that people say!!!
    What’s the problem ANYway??

    • If you were Catholic you would care. I do not give a flying leap what Hagee, father and son say. Money hungry Dollar, Meyers or Olsteen can teach say whatever they please. They are not my Spiritual Leader.

      I will tell you something else you will not hear a priest bad mouth a Protestant ministrf or denomination. Except me and nearing 80 I am tired if the lies told about us by second rate journalist like the one today

  6. Get out and vote for the GOP in Nov. to save the country from NAZI Commie Demoncrat liberal mobs!They want to make America into another Venezuela!Obama almost got us there mob! Now that America is great again because of Pres.Trump let’s keep it that way!

    • A really great question would be to ask how he got to be Pope. No one ever heard of him. He never left
      Argentina. Yet overwhelmingly, he’s voted in as our Pope????? What/who was behind this. And no Pope ever resigned or retired. Seems to me Pope Benedict was threatened with being killed in office. No, I can’t prove it, but just think about it.

      • FYI: Benedict took the easy way out when he CHOSE to “retire.” Interpol had him on their radar, but could not arrest him because he CHOSE “Sanctuary,” which means no one dared to cross that line because it was supposed to be a “safe place.” I never heard a word about his being threatened with being killed while he was in office. (This should tell you that he was very AFRAID of being prosecuted and sent to PRISON.)

        IMOO,I do think that FRANCIS will choose the same thing when everything comes to a head. He IS the LAST POPE!
        Never mind DEFROCKING of the clergy. Every one who participated in molesting the innocent as well as the JERKS who kept them as part of the clergy should ALL have been arrested and sent to PRISON. Telling people that those ANIMALS were instructed to PRAY and do PENANCE is laughable. Remember Jesus’ Words: “Those who harm CHILDREN should have a cinder block tied around their necks and tossed into the sea.”

  7. pEpEI am 61 and I can tell you these scandals have been around as long as FALLEN HUMAN BEINGS have been around! However MAYBE the conspiracy theorist are right and this guy IS the 112 and final POPE????

  8. If you are a believing Christian you are aware that we are born into this world with 3 spiritual handicaps; our sin nature, the influence of the society we live in and Satan and his demons (The Great Accuser). Satan is seeking who he can devour but God has given us free will to go along with our sin or be the new man we agreed to be at Baptism. Pastors, Priests, Bishops etc. are held to much higher standard according to Scripture. There is no excuse for them to engage in sexual abuse regardless if they have been hassled by Satan. If the clergy are willing to confess their sins, ask for forgiveness of their sins and turn from their sin, we are called to forgive them. The absolute end result being to follow the Pastoral Epistles and remove them from their position in the church as they lack the qualifications.

  9. I have to agree with you. I am appalled at the statement. There is no defending it.

    But, I know you enjoyed reporting the story. You like to stick Catholics in the back every chance you get and twist the dagger.

    Are you the great accuser, how funny! There may be an accoounting for venting your hate for my church in your articles instead if just repirting the facts.

    If they are for me, then they are not against me. Leave them alone. Some great man smarter than you are I said that.

  10. No, I do not pray to Mary. I honor Mary as the Mother of Christ. Christ open the direct line to the Father and I prefer direct.

    Another shocker I do not think I can forgive your sins , unless you committed them against me. God forgives when you honestly repent.

    No, I do not believe UN baptize babies go to hell.

    No, I do not believe in Purgatory. You die and are not saved you better grap an air conditioner.

    Catholics Think for themselves.

  11. Simple solution, if you were abused by a priest years ago, track him down and kill him. These people are not priests the are the epitome of evil. No jury would ever convict you. If more so called priest were treated this way maybe the church would act and get rid of these sick bastards!

  12. When the demonCRAPs were having their anti Kavanaugh CIRCUS, the Jesuits agreed with the MINIONS of Satan in their position that Judge Kavanaugh was guilty by accusation without ANY EVIDENCE.
    It must mean the Jesuits will IMMEDIATELY turn over all their members EVER ACCUSED of pedophilia!!!

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