The Church Afire

As of the start of September, it seemed no week was complete without another scandal breaking within the Church of Rome, considered by Her members to be the Mystical Body of Christ.  These scandals, as even the Congolese pygmies know by now (assuming any of them remain), have to do with the abuse, pedophilic and almost exclusively homosexual, of thousands of young Catholics over many decades by predatory clerics.  Recent Popes, including John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and now Francis have claimed to devote much prayerful effort to eradicating these abuses, and much was expected (by liberals, Catholic and otherwise) of the latter in particular; a self-proclaimed social, political, and theological liberal, dedicated to “reforming” the bad old Church.  Francis, however, has failed to fulfill the expectations of his admirers both theologically and institutionally by refusing to transform his titillating hints in both directions into concrete action.  Thus his famous question of some years ago, “Who am I to judge?”(homosexuals and homosexual behavior), has been superseded by his remarkable response to reporters’ questions concerning the allegations of a former papal nuncio to the United States who claims that Francis had been aware for years of his good friend Cardinal McCarrick’s long history of pederasty and of covering up similar abuses committed by his fellow priests: “I will not say...

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