Pope links sexual abuse in Chile, Ireland, United States to ‘elitist,’ ‘clericalist’ Church
September 14, 2018
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.The above note supplements, highlights, or corrects details in the original source (link above). About CWN news coverage.
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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?