You’ve got to be freaking kidding me.
According to Catholic doctrine, there are very specific instances when the Pope is infallible — and this particular Pope has divided Catholics on the view of Papal Infallibility.
But boy, howdy! This is one fallibility for the record books.
Pope Francis has accused victims of Chile’s most notorious paedophile of slander.
He made the astonishing claim at the end of a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country.
The visit was to ‘heal’ the wounds… Heal!
Does the Pope think that this is ‘healing’?
On Thursday the Pope said that until he sees proof that Bishop Juan Barros was complicit in covering up sex crimes of the Reverend Fernando Karadima, accusations against Barros are ‘all calumny.’
His remarks provoked outrage and shock among victims and their representatives, who noted that Karadima was sentenced by the Vatican to a lifetime of ‘penance and prayer’ for his crimes in 2011.
A Chilean judge also found the victims to be credible, saying that while she had to drop criminal charges against Karadima because too much time had passed, proof of his crimes wasn’t lacking.
One of the victims of sexual abuse by Karadima spoke out pretty bluntly about his reaction to the Pope’s comments.
‘As if I could have taken a selfie or a photo while Karadima abused me and others and Juan Barros stood by watching it all,’ tweeted Barros’ most vocal accuser, Juan Carlos Cruz.
‘These people are truly crazy, and the pontiff talks about atonement to the victims.
‘Nothing has changed, and his plea for forgiveness is empty.’
The accusations against the Catholic church, including Barros for allegedly covering up the abuse, has caused many Chileans to leave the church.
Add to that that Pope Francis appointing Barros as Bishop of Osorno in 2015, after the whole scandal was out there, and you’ve got quite a mess.
Many Osorno Catholics — including some priests — refuse to recognize Barros as their Bishop and have made it impossible for him to do his job.
Karadima’s victims reported to church authorities as early as 2002 that he would kiss and fondle them in the swank Santiago parish he ran.
They claimed Barros had witnessed the abuse but did nothing about it.
But officials refused to believe them and Barros denied the allegations.
It was only when the victims went public with their accusations in 2010 that the Vatican launched an investigation that led to Karadima being removed from ministry.
But still, the Pope is defiant in his defense of Barros.
The Pope had aimed to help heal wounds this week by meeting with abuse victims and begging forgiveness for the crimes of church pastors.
But he struck a defiant tone when asked about Barros by a Chilean journalist.
‘The day they bring me proof against Bishop Barros, I’ll speak,’ he said.
‘There is not one shred of proof against him. It’s all calumny. Is that clear?’
He had previously defended the appointment of Barros in Osorno, calling the controversy ‘stupid’ and the result of a campaign mounted by leftists.
Source: Daily Mail
A ‘calumny’, is it, Pontiff?
The only false statement here is that this Pope is actually trying to ‘heal the wounds’ after rampant sexual abuse.
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