Liar or a fool? Pope Francis is defending the appalling record of the Catholic Church concerning the rape and sexual abuse of children by priests, claiming the church has moved with “transparency and responsibility” on the matter.
Transparency and responsibility? Is he serious? The Catholic church has been neither transparent nor responsible in their handling of the rampant sexual abuse of children by pedophile priests. To claim otherwise is ludicrous.
In fact, according to a scathing report issued by the United Nations, the Vatican, under the watchful eye of Pope Francis, continues to protect and enable pedophile priests engaged in the sexual abuse of children.
The UN report made demands that the Vatican “immediately remove” all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers, and turn them over to government authorities for criminal prosecution. Demands Pope Francis and the Vatican continue to ignore.In so doing, Pope Francis and the Vatican continue the long and despicable tradition of protecting pedophile priests.
In the unprecedented report the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child said Catholic Church officials, including Pope Francis, had imposed a “code of silence” on clerics to prevent them from reporting the rape and sexual abuse of children by pedophile priests to police, instead moving abusers from parish to parish “in an attempt to cover up such crimes.”
The UN watchdog for children’s rights denounced the Vatican for adopting policies which allowed priests to sexually abuse thousands of children. The report expressed its “deepest concern about child sexual abuse committed by members of the Catholic churches who operate under the authority of the Holy See, with clerics having been involved in the sexual abuse of tens of thousands of children worldwide.”
The report said:
“The committee is gravely concerned that the Holy See has not acknowledged the extent of the crimes committed, has not taken the necessary measures to address cases of child sexual abuse and to protect children, and has adopted policies and practices which have led to the continuation of the abuse by and the impunity of the perpetrators.”
The UN report demonstrates that Pope Francis has failed to address or even acknowledge in any meaningful way the rape and sexual abuse of children by clergy. Moreover, the report offers compelling evidence that Pope Francis, and the Vatican, continue to protect and enable pedophile priests engaged in the rape and sexual abuse of children.