The Catholic Church has once again failed to support the victims of sexual abuse at the hands of its own predator priests.
It seems to be the same story every time. The Catholic Church has an opportunity to take action to combat the rampant sexual abuse at the hands of predator priests. The Catholic Church fails to move on this opportunity. More victims go unheard and unprotected. Wash, rinse, repeat.
Every time I hear someone say how progressive Pope Francis is, or how he’s unlike every other pope that has come before him, I roll my eyes. That’s because at the end of the day, he’s no better than every other pope the Catholic Church has had – he’s still turning his back on sexual abuse victims and still enabling the Catholic Church’s systemic cover-up of sexual abuse.
I’ve said it countless times before, and I’ll keep saying it until they stop protecting predator priests- It’s time to quit the Catholic Church.
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According to CNN’s reporting, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops was instructed by the Catholic Church to not vote on measures that would protect children from predator priests:
The Vatican has told the US Conference of Catholic Bishops to delay voting on measures to hold bishops accountable for failing to protect children from sexual abuse, the president of the conference said in a surprise announcement Monday morning.
… For weeks, the US Catholic bishops have trumpeted a series of reforms they had hoped to make after what one cardinal called the church’s “summer of hell.” Those reforms must be approved by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which gathers the country’s 275 active bishops twice a year to debate and adopt new policies.
The Vatican’s eleventh-hour intervention, ordered by its Congregation for Bishops, according to DiNardo, essentially puts the American bishops’ reforms on hold.
It’s time to quit the Catholic Church.
But in fairness to them, the bishops were not happy with the Vatican’s decision.
“We are not, ourselves, happy about this,” DiNardo said during a press conference Monday in Baltimore. “We have been working hard to get to the action stage, and we’ll do it, but we have to get past this bump in the road.”
Prior to the Vatican’s interference, the original plan was for the bishops to vote on “concrete measures to respond to the abuse crisis.” This included, but was not limited to a hotline to report allegations of abuse and/or mishandled abuse allegations, standards of conduct for bishops, and “protocols for bishops resigned or removed because of abuse.”
Between the Catholic Church running a child pornography ring in Pennsylvania to the Catholic Church intentionally sending priests into Latino communities because they knew their non-English speaking victims were less likely to report sexual abuse, this is just yet another piece of evidence that shows us that it’s time to quit the Catholic Church.