‘God weeps’

Philadelphia’s archbishop Chaput has been, shall we say, less than warm and supportive of the victims and has refused to meet with them. So Pope Francis is laying down the law:

PHILADELPHIA — Speaking to hundreds of bishops and seminarians, Pope Francis on Sunday said he met in private with a group of victims of sexual abuse and he pledged that “all responsible will be held accountable.”

“God weeps for the sexual abuse of children,” he said.

The pope, speaking on the last day of his trip to the United States, delivered his words before his prepared speech. He said abuse survivors “have become true heralds of mercy. Humbly, we owe each of them our gratitude for their value as they have had to suffer terrible abuse.”

In several references to the scandal during his trip, the pope drew criticism for seeming more concerned about the scandal’s effect on the clergy than the victims.

At a prayer service with bishops in Washington on Wednesday, he told the bishops he was “conscious of courage with which you have faced difficult moments in the recent history of the Church in this country without fear of self-criticism and at the cost of mortification and great sacrifice.” He told clergy at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York: “You have suffered greatly in the not distant past by having to bear the shame of some of your brothers who harmed and scandalized the church in the most vulnerable of her members.” He added: “I accompany you at this time of pain and difficulty.”

I did not take this the way most people did, mostly because I had a sarcastic Irish mother and also know how Jesuits think. Trust me, he was chiding them for not doing enough.

But on Sunday, he said he committed himself “to a careful oversight to ensure that youth are protected and that all responsible will be held accountable.”

3 thoughts on “‘God weeps’

  1. Still using the weasel words to avoid the simple truth and cover it with sentimental verbiage.

    God was weeping when these perverted hypocrites were abusing children, and God raged when their superiors covered up and protected these false priests from justice.

    “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me;
    but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. “

  2. They should have all been suspended from office immediately on hearing any any report, and their cases immediately turned over to the proper secular authorities, investigated, judged and punished according to the law of the land.

    No internal investigations, no internal secret solutions to the problems embarrassing their corrupt institution. all the popes, including the someday saint JP II have been bishops. Do you think there was no child abuse in their dioceses and that they did not all take part in covering up these crimes and hiding the guilty by transferring them to unsuspecting parishes?

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