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.
Does this column make me a tool of "the great accuser," in the Holy Father's view? Or does it show that Cardinal Wuerl coddled a sexual predator (Zirwas) in Pittsburgh before protecting one (Bishop McCarrick) in DC? https://t.co/nXH3BwUz0y
— Tim Carney (@TPCarney) September 11, 2018
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?
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