The leader of the Roman Catholic Church continues to dig himself a deeper hole as sexual abuse scandals mount.
“Bishops who are accused should remain silent like Jesus on Good Friday when the crowds called out for his crucifixion, Pope Francis said Tuesday,” according to a report.
But credible accusations of sexual abuse within the Church have been piling up for months, and a recent bombshell report from Archbishop Carlo Viganò claims that Pope Francis has actively covered for abusers in the clergy like Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.
The Pope, thus, has motive to keep his flock silent, and in truly vile fashion is using biblical precedent to justify their silence.
“In the same way, the pastor, in difficult times, in times when the devil is unleashed, where the pastor is accused—accused by the Great Accuser through so many people, so many powerful ones—suffers, offers his life and prays,” he said according to the report.
The Pope has not confirmed or denied the allegations against the Church, choosing instead to remain silent, as he has now directed his clergy to do.
“I won’t say a word about this,” he said.
It appears, however, that Pope Francis and his ilk will not be able to hide from justice in the United States.
Recently, four state attorneys general have requested all documents pertaining to sexual abuse within the Catholic dioceses in their states.
Big League Politics reported:
Four states have joined the investigation into Catholic dioceses seeking records regarding sexual abuse cases within the Church.
New Jersey officials Thursday announced the creation of a task force to investigate every Catholic diocese for “sexual abuse within the Catholic dioceses of New Jersey, and any efforts to cover up such abuse,” according to a report.
Also Thursday, New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood subpoenaed all eight Catholic dioceses within the state to look into the handling of sexual abuse allegations.
Likewise, the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office is opening an investigation into all three Catholic dioceses – Santa Fe, Gallup and Las Cruces – and has subpoenaed all documents regarding potential abuse by priests.
Finally, Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson asked the Catholic Church for 40 years of documents related to sexual abuse cases from all three of the state’s dioceses.
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