When Pope Francis first expressed a need to sort out paedophilia in the church, I was really hopeful. But, several things have happened, that made me realise, his only intentions are to try and raise the Catholic Church profile.
One of the reasons I believe him not to be genuine, is the promotion of Cardinal Pell – a known paedophile enabler/protector.
Another reason that made be really concerned, was The Pope’s choice of words about supporting physical discipline to children and describing this as ‘beautiful’. That is not a term normally used to describe hitting children, even by those who believe in hitting children. That term, is paedophile talk. They believe child abuse, is ‘beautiful’.
Now, the paedophile abuse survivor – who the Pope appointed to help deal with the issue of paedophilia in the church and to help survivors of abuse, has been made to step down. And he has confirmed, the Pope had no genuine intentions at all, of trying to deal with this issue. It’s all been about ‘smoke and mirrors’.
So, it would seem my suspicions are correct. There was never any genuine intent to reduce paedophilia and child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.
And it would also appear, I was correct in working out, this was all simply an exercise in PR and raising the reputation of the church.
And I am very aware, child sexual abuse and paedophilia is rampant in churches and of all denominations. This is not a Catholic Church only issue.
Church people have a history of enabling abusers, and failing to deal with them appropriately. And abuse of all types, not only child sexual abuse.
And this enabling, protecting….continues.