FUNNY BUSINESS: Pope Grins During Sex Abuse Meeting with Cardinals

The Vatican is being slammed for sharing an image of Pope Francis laughing along with a merry group of Cardinals and other high level officials at an emergency meeting called to address the plethora of sex abuse scandals in the Catholic Church.

According to a report, the Pope can bee seen grinning alongside US cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Los Angeles archbishop Jose Horacio Gomez and monsignor Brian Bransfield of Philadelphia, apparently lacking the ability to understand the gravity of the situation faced by the church:

“A number of the Twitter critics  pointed out what bad taste the ‘laughing’ image was in and one even called for the press officer who posted the photos to be fired,” according to the report.

“The Vatican just released a photo of Pope Francis and two cardinals meeting to discuss, and apparently laugh about, the churches repeated child rape coverups,” said right wing commentator Stefan Molyneux.

“Paloma García Ovejero, the vice director of the Vatican press office, recently announced a decision to call an emergency meeting with the presidents of the bishops’ conferences of the Catholic Church from around the world on the theme of ‘protection of minors,’ the report said. “The situation is so unprecedented that when asked how many national bishops’ conferences there were across the globe, Garcia did not know.”

The church has been under intense scrutiny ever since former Vatican ambassador Carlo Viganò accused Pope Francis of covering up alleged sexual abuse of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick for a period of years.

The apostate Catholic Church was dealt a serious blow Saturday when an archbishop alleged that Pope Francis ignored reports of sexual abuse by a recently-retired Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

In an 11 page affidavit, Archbishop of Ulpiana Carlo Viganò, former Nuncio to the United States, blew the whistle on Pope Francis, claiming that the Pope was aware of the misdeeds of disgraced Cardinal McCarrick at least as early as 2013.

A Nuncio is an ecclesiastical diplomat.

“Holy Father, I don’t know if you know Cardinal McCarrick, but if you ask the Congregation for Bishops there is a dossier this thick about him,” he allegedly told Pope Francis at the Vatican in 2013.  “He corrupted generations of seminarians and priests and Pope Benedict ordered him to withdraw to a life of prayer and penance.”

Pope Francis might try to laugh off the allegations, but 30,000 Catholic women have already signed an open letter demanding answers from the Church, and there will likely be more fallout in the way of abuse scandals in the near future.

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