“ Is That All You Blighters Can Do?”
Words cannot solve the crisis of clergy and nun sexual abuse of children and minors.
Only action can.
That’s why it’s disheartening, to say the least, to read Pope Francis speech about a “courageous” defense of children to protect them from abuse at the end of the Mass he celebrated on Sunday.
But words, it appears, are the extent of it.
Here’s a link to a news story:
Pope Francis, and Pope Francis alone, holds the power to remove Diocese of Kansas City- St. Joseph. MO Bishop Robert Finn and Archdiocese of Newark, NJ Archbishop John Myers and to remove them now, at this very moment, in the next minute, the next hour and all of today and tomorrow for as long as he occupies the papacy.
And not only these hierarchs but all the others who did not courageously defend children but actually put them and kept them in harm’s way by protecting their perpetrators and covering-up the rape and sodomy these children suffered by the priests and nuns that were and are part of these hierarchs’ responsibility as moral and spiritual leaders.
Sunday’s remarks come after it was reported recently that Pope Francis spoke to the Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine for the Faith about aggressively tackling sexual abuse cases. This Congregation is where the cases are lodged. And we used the word lodged intentionally since these cases move to resolution at a snail’s pace.
So far, we still await the avalanche of the resolution of these cases. In the meantime the priests in these cases remain on paid vacations.
Juxtaposed to the personal style of the papacy changes he has made, the formation of the super Cardinals commission, and his down to earth talk about any number of modern problems that affect humanity and the world, on the home front of Catholicism, the time grows dangerously thin on the credibility front for Pope Francis to do more than talk about what needs done to resolve this largest crisis in the Church in the last 500 years.
We have seen the running of this script before from the previous Pope and the one before him.
Sunday’s remarks call to mind lyrics from the musical My Fair Lady. All the fair lady wants is a bit of “show me” but instead of that, it’s a deluge of words. And so she sings, “
“Words, words, words, I’m sure sick of words,
I get words all day through,
First from him, now from you.
Is that all you blighters can do? “
Well, is it?
— Kristine Ward, National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC), KristineWard@hotmail.com