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Pope links sexual abuse in Chile, Ireland, United States to ‘elitist,’ ‘clericalist’ Church

September 14, 2018

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CWN Editor's Note: “This drama of abuse, especially when it is widespread and gives great scandal—think of Chile, here in Ireland or in the United States—has behind it a Church that is elitist and clericalist, an inability to be near to the people of God,” the Pope told Jesuits during his recent apostolic visit to Ireland. “Elitism, clericalism fosters every form of abuse ... Forever in the Church there have been authoritarian bishops and religious superiors. And authoritarianism is clericalism.” The Pope also expressed concern about the lack of Jesuit vocations.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Sep. 15, 2018 9:18 AM ET USA

    This morning I remembered 19 September 2013, the release date for a papal interview in which Pope Francis is quoted by CBC Radio Canada: "'The church's pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently,' Francis said. 'We have to find a new balance; otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel.'" Pope Francis and authoritarianism?