The papal dander was up

When he attributed publicity about clergy abuse to satanic influences.

ROME—Pope Francis told a gathering of bishops from around the world that the Catholic Church is being persecuted through accusations—an apparent allusion to clerical sex-abuse scandals that have undermined the credibility of the papacy and church hierarchy over the course of this year.

Addressing the closing session of a synod of bishops at the Vatican on Saturday [in late October last year], the pope repeated warnings he has made in recent weeks against the “Great Accuser,” or the devil, who “in this moment is accusing us strongly, and this accusation becomes persecution,” and who seeks to “soil the church.”

Getting a raw deal, he says, who has kept the lid on himself on several, if not many, even ongoing occasions.

Sometimes he gets petulant.  You might say peevish.

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