Francis lashes out at abuse victims in Chile

A new chapter in insensitivity:

In stunning new comments made during his visit to South America this week, Pope Francis has attacked the credibility of victims of notorious clerical sexual abuser Fr. Fernando Karadima.

The pope accused abuse victims of “calumny” for their allegations that Bishop Juan Barros, a Karadima protege, knew about the abuse, or even that he watched as it took place.

“There is not one shred of proof against him.” Francis said to a Chilean journalist at the end of his visit to Chile. “It’s all calumny. Is that clear?”

A stunner.

Plus National Catholic Reporter:

TRUJILLO, PERU — Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley, one of Pope Francis’ key advisors on clergy sexual abuse, acknowledged Jan. 20 that the pontiff’s defense of a Chilean bishop accused of covering up abuse was “a source of great pain” for survivors.

In an unusually blunt statement from a church prelate in response to a controversial action of a pope, the cardinal also said that expressions of doubt about survivors’ testimony “abandon those who have suffered reprehensible criminal violations of their human dignity.”

What was he (Francis) thinking?

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Comments

  • Margaret  On 01/21/2018 at 8:27 AM

    I sincerely suspect that Francis is mentally ill. I have read that it was recommended that he not be approved for leadership positions.

    As a devout Catholic, he is an embarrassment & dangerous to the Faith.

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    • Jim Bowman  On 01/21/2018 at 1:31 PM

      Dictator Pope via Amazon Kindle has more of this glum food for thought. “Be not afraid” was John Paul II’s motto?

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