Washington Post examines future Pope’s record on abuse cases
Catholic World News - March 21, 2013
Although “nobody has presented evidence that [Cardinal Jorge Mario] Bergoglio was directly involved covering up sex abuse,” the future Pontiff “declined to meet” with clergy sex abuse victims and “did not offer personal apologies or financial restitution,” according to two Washington Post articles.
“One of Argentina’s best-known advocates for child-abuse victims, Sister Martha Pelloni … praised Bergoglio for evolving over the years and taking an increasingly firm stance against predatory clergy,” the newspaper reported. “Now if you go to a bishop with a claim, they’ll say, ‘Report to the police’,” she said. “Bergoglio must have ordered that.”
When clergy sex abuse occurs, “we must never turn a blind eye,” he said in 2012. “I do not believe in taking positions that uphold a certain corporative spirit in order to avoid damaging the image of the institution.”
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($125,163 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!