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THE POPE, CATHOLICS AND PEDOPHILIA



The Catholic Church and pedophilia are tied together. Cardinal Pell - the Pope's close confidant and the man responisible for handling all of his money is indicted on multiple accuasations of pedophilia in Australia.



Francis, considered progressive and enlightened on many issues, has struggled to get a grip on the scandal that has gravely weakened the Catholic church’s moral authority. Despite calling for “decisive action” when he was elected as pontiff in 2013, he has failed to turn that into a reality. Instead he has been on the back foot, reactive rather than proactive, and has misread the extent of betrayal by the church.

A special papal commission set up to make recommendations on the church’s role in child protection ran into difficulties last year when two members – both abuse survivors – quit. One, Peter Saunders, said he had thought the pope was “serious about kicking backsides and holding people to account” but that it turned out not to be so. The other, Marie Collins, said the abuse crisis was handled “with fine words in public and contrary actions behind closed doors”.

The pope should say “I failed, my institution failed, and as pope I’m taking responsibility”, Colm O’Gorman, who was raped by a priest as a teenager in the 1980s, told the Observer last week. “He should come here and tell the truth, but the chances of that are very slim. The thing the church fears most is the damage to its reputation.”