And What Do You Do Then?
by Bob Walsh
I am not a Catholic. I am not a Christian. I am not even a mono-theist. I do, however, understand that there is a difference between GOD, RELIGION and CHURCH. The church is a bureaucracy. In theory it exists to assist and allow the church to minister to it's flock. In practice it seems that it is often used to cover up systemic criminal activity, the abuse of children by the clergy and, to some extent, even to aid in that criminality.
The Pope is the big man. God's vicar on earth. He is, allegedly, INFALLIBLE when it comes to matters of the faith. Theoretically God moves the Pope in the correct direction, his wonders to perform. The problem is it seems not virtually CERTAIN that the current Pope KNEW for YEARS of the deep-seated abusive practices within the church and the fact that the church moved and hid child molesters within the clergy, IN ORDER TO PROTECT THE CHURCH AT THE EXPENSE OF MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano was the Papal Nuncio (ambassador) to the United States. He was recalled in 2016. Vigano has recently pusblished a 7,000 word letter which asserts that he had notified the Pope years ago (2013) of the widespread sexual abuse occurring within the church and that the Pope failed to act. He has called for the Pope's resignation.
He specifically accused the Pope of complicity in covering up accusations against Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. Allegedly Benedict XVI, Pope Francis' immediate predecessor, acted against McCarrick for his known sexual abuse of seminarians and priests. . McCarrick has been "sentenced" to a lifetime of penance and prayer by Benedict XVI. Pope Francis "rehabilitated" McCarrick and started sending him out on missions for the church again. McCarrick became the first cardinal in U. S. history to resign, following charges that he abused boys.
It should be noted that Vigano is not a big fan of Pope Francis. He can't PROVE he notified the Pope of the problem back in 2013.
It is clear that the Catholic Church has known, at very high levels, of the facts. The facts are that there are a LOT of priests and higher-ups in the church doing a lot of nasty shit to their subordinates and members of their flock. In can not be questioned any more that the church has actively moved to conceal and protect this predatory scum and, at a minimum, is complicit by this action.
What will the Pope do? What will the bureaucracy do? What will the secular authorities do? And then the big question, what will the flock do?
Editors Note: Bob Walsh is a regular contributor on the Weapons Section of Running Code 3. I agree with his opinion on this matter. I would like to see the Catholic Church completely own up to this criminal behavior and priests be prosecuted locally. We prosecute other child molesters severely. Cover ups by the Catholic Church should be recognized for what they are, organized criminal conspiracies.