Quick hit post #2: with 70% of Catholics saying that dealing with the child abuse scandal is the most important thing on the new pope’s plate, stories are beginning to surface that Bergoglio didn’t exactly meet the minimum standard before becoming pope.
Grassi, the proprietor of the creepily-named “Happy Children” foundation was reportedly close to Bergoglio, according to the Post, and “was not expelled from the priesthood after the guilty verdict.
Father Julio Cesar Grassi was a celebrity in the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires. The young, dynamic, media-savvy priest networked with wealthy Argentines to fund an array of schools, orphanages and job training programs for poor and abandoned youths, winning praise from Argentine politicians and his superior, Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio.
Grassi called his foundation Felices los Niños, “Happy Children.”
Yet in the years after Grassi’s conviction, Bergoglio—now Pope Francis—has declined to meet with the victim of the priest’s crimes or the victims of other predations by clergy under his leadership. He did not offer personal apologies or financial restitution, even in cases in which the crimes were denounced by other members of the church and the offending priests were sent to jail.
Oh good. He’s homophobic, committed to dogma, and unmoved by the victims of the clergy. I’d say he’s set to continue Ratzinger’s legacy.
Tons of Catholics will bow to this man while being certain that atheists have no moral compass. In fact, they’ll even come to this blog chastising us for our anger, as if complacence in the face of Bergoglio’s moral failures is what good people would do.