Now comes the word that His Holiness, the Vicar of Christ on Earth, the Prince of the Apostles, Pope Francis, has ordered his collaborators in the Roman Catholic hierarchy to toughen up on pedophiles in the priesthood. According to The Guardian:
"Pope Francis has directed the Vatican to act decisively on ecclesiastic sex abuse
cases and take measures against paedophile priests, saying the Catholic
church's credibility was on the line.
"The announcement was quickly dismissed by victims' advocates as just
more talk. 'Once again … a top Catholic official says he's asking
another top Catholic official to take action about paedophile priests
and complicit bishops,' said Barbara Dorris, an official of Snap, the
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, a US-based organisation.
deal. Actions speak louder than words. And one of the first actions
Pope Francis took was to visit perhaps the most high-profile corrupt
prelate on the planet, Cardinal Bernard Law, who remains a powerful
church official despite having been drummed out of Boston for hiding and
enabling crimes by hundreds of child molesting clerics,' Dorris said in
"Clergy abuse victims have called for swift and bold
action from Francis as soon as he was elected pope last month. In the
pope's homeland, Argentina, Roman Catholic activists had characterised
him as being slow to act against such abuse while he was head [of] the church
Pope Francis pedophile priests
At the outset, let's be clear about two things. First of all, none of us are entirely free from hypocrisy in our own lives; we all fall short, and our actions are not always consistent with our aspirations. Second, the most outrageous example of hypocrisy in the contemporary world is that of the Mohammedans, who constantly bleat that "There is no compulsion in religion," even as they persecute and slaughter those who refuse to follow Muhammad (another child molester, interestingly enough). But neither you, nor I, nor even the Muslim imams, claim to be God's highest and most divinely-sanctioned spokesman on Earth. That puts Francis, and every other Pope, in a unique position. (We're not implying that he's a pedophile; but he's covered for them.) The man who, according to Catholic dogma, takes the place of Jesus Christ on earth should not be a protector of predators.
It must also be noted that there are untold numbers of genuine Christians in the Roman Catholic Church: namely, among the pew-sitters, who are ignorant of their church's doctrine and history, or maintain their loyalty for family reasons. This is not an "anti-Catholic" post; there are saved and unsaved Catholics, just as there are saved and unsaved Baptists and Presbyterians.
But the members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, have earned the right to their skepticism - - - or, rather, they have had that right thrust upon them, by the priests and prelates who murdered their innocence. We'll take their word over that of any Pope, any day.
New readers of this blog might think, "Wow! This guy thinks he's right, and everybody else is wrong!" That's not true at all. I'm wrong on many things, and when I discern my errors, I try to correct them. But I despise the Mohammedan "religion" because it is barbaric and unworthy of human beings; and I have utter contempt for the Roman Catholic hierarchy, and the church's teachings, because I know a little bit about two subjects: the Bible, and church history.
The world's biggest hypocrite? That's for God to judge. But, like the Muslim imams, Pope Francis is cerainly in the running. Don't believe me: ask the Christians persecuted by Muslims, or the members of SNAP.
And then, for a complete and total lack of hypocrisy .... look at the Lord Jesus Christ. Even a child can see His perfection and love ... and even a hypocrite can find forgiveness and new life by receiving Him, according to John 1:12, as their personal Lord, Saviour, and Friend.
Thank God for that!