A PAPAL SCANDAL: Pope Francis – First pope directly implicated in sex abuse cover-upby Rodney Pelletier • ChurchMilitant.com • February 13, 2018
First pope directly implicated in sex abuse cover-upThere were high hopes for Pope Francis when he was elected in 2013, especially when he promised “zero tolerance” to priests who sexually abuse children and teenagers. All that seems to have vaporized, however, after his most recent trip to Chile and Peru in January, where he told sex abuse victims he didn’t believe that one of his own bishops, Juan Barros, was complicit in their abuse.
People reacted with anger when he told them, “The day they bring me proof against Bp. Barros, then I will speak. There is not a single piece of proof against him. Everything is slander. Is this clear?”
He went on, “No one has come forward, they haven’t provided any evidence for a judgment. This is all a bit vague, it’s something that can’t be accepted.”WATCH FULL EPISODE
The problem is, somebody did come forward in 2015. Not only did Juan Carlo Cruz write a letter to Pope Francis, outlining chilling details of his and other boys’ abuse at the hands of Fr. Fernando Karadima in the 1980s, allegedly with Bp. Barros’ knowledge, Cdl. Sean O’Malley, one of the Pope’s close advisors, confirmed he hand-delivered the letter directly to the Holy Father.