Mainstream media defends Pope accused of covering up homosexual sexual assaults

Barack Obama shakes hands with Pope Francis
Barack Obama shakes hands with Pope Francis

During the past week, news stories reported that Pope Francis actually knew about the epidemic of sexual assaults and rapes by homosexual priests in the Catholic church. His response leaves a lot to be desired.

The National Catholic Register reported this earlier in the week:

In an extraordinary 11-page written testament, a former apostolic nuncio to the United States has accused several senior prelates of complicity in covering up Archbishop Theodore McCarrick’s allegations of sexual abuse, and has claimed that Pope Francis knew about sanctions imposed on then-Cardinal McCarrick by Pope Benedict XVI but chose to repeal them.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, 77, who served as apostolic nuncio in Washington D.C. from 2011 to 2016, said that in the late 2000s, Benedict had “imposed on Cardinal McCarrick sanctions similar to those now imposed on him by Pope Francis” and that Viganò personally told Pope Francis about those sanctions in 2013.

Archbishop Viganò said in his written statement, simultaneously released to the Register and other media, (see full text below) that Pope Francis “continued to cover” for McCarrick and not only did he “not take into account the sanctions that Pope Benedict had imposed on him” but also made McCarrick “his trusted counselor.” Viganò said that the former archbishop of Washington advised the Pope to appoint a number of bishops in the United States, including Cardinals Blase Cupich of Chicago and Joseph Tobin of Newark.

Archbishop Viganò, who said his “conscience dictates” that the truth be known as “the corruption has reached the very top of the Church’s hierarchy,” ended his testimony by calling on Pope Francis and all of those implicated in the cover up of Archbishop McCarrick’s abuse to resign.

Speaking as a Protestant, I thought that Benedict was the best Pope the Roman Catholic church ever had. I used to call him “The Protestant Pope”, because he had so few of the problems that Protestants like me dislike about Roman Catholic doctrines. It doesn’t surprise me that he did the right thing when the crisis was brought to his attention. But his successor has not done the right thing. He has different priorities.

The New York Times reported:

As he flew near Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Irma on his way back to the Vatican from Colombia on Sunday, Pope Francis said that political leaders and others who denied climate change reminded him of a passage from the psalms about man’s stubbornness.

[…]On the flight, the pope nevertheless appealed again to Mr. Trump, this time on his decision to end President Obama’s Deferred Action for Children Program, known as DACA.

[…]In contrast to his negative appraisal of Mr. Trump’s approach to immigration, the pope praised Italy’s efforts to welcome large numbers of migrants even as it sought to stem the tide of immigrants coming from Libya.

In fact, the defenders of the Pope made clear that his priorities are global warming and open borders, not following what the Bible says about sex outside of marriage.

Catholic journalist Emily Zanotti explains, in the Daily Wire:

In a bizarre interview with a Chicago NBC affiliate, Cardinal Blaise Cupich, head of the Archdiocese of Chicago, suggested recent claims made by a former apostolic nuncio — the Vatican’s envoy to the United States — that Pope Francis not only disregarded sexual abuse allegations against Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, but promoted McCarrick and sought his counsel, were going down a “rabbit hole.”

The Pope, Cupich told NBC, has more important things to attend to than sex abuse scandals, like climate change and immigration.

“The Pope has a bigger agenda,” Cardinal Cupich said. “He’s got to get on with other things, of talking about the environment and protecting migrants and carrying on the work of the church. We’re not going to go down a rabbit hole on this.”

Clearly, this is the focus of Catholic church leadership. Global warming and open borders both help to destroy free market capitalism, and increase the size of the secular government.  (Global warming alarmism allows the government to tax and regulate energy production and consumption, and open borders brings in a lot of low-skilled immigrants who tend to vote for higher taxes and more welfare spending). That’s the Pope’s priority. And since it’s also the mainstream media’s priority, they are defending him from his critics.

Ben Shapiro, writing in the far-left Newsweek, explains:

So, did the press leap to investigate Vigano’s claims? Did they demand answers from Pope Francis? Did we see the same type of courageous, comprehensive coverage of Francis’ activities that we saw from the Globe team circa 2003? Of course not.

Instead, mainstream media outlets went out of their way to portray Vigano as a disgruntled conservative angry at Pope Francis’ progressive interpretation of Catholic doctrine. The New York Times headlined, “Vatican Power Struggle Bursts Into Open as Conservatives Pounce.” Their print headline was even worse: “Francis Takes High Road As Conservatives Pounce, Taking Criticisms Public.”

Yes, according to the Times, the story wasn’t the sitting Pope being credibly accused of a sexual abuse cover-up—it was conservatives attacking him for it. The problem of child molestation and sexual abuse of clergy took a back seat to Francis’ leftist politics, as the Times piece made clear in its first paragraph: “Since the start of his papacy, Francis has infuriated Catholic traditionalists as he tries to nurture a more welcoming church and shift it away from culture war issues, whether abortion or homosexuality. ‘Who am I to judge?’ the pope famously said, when asked about gay priests. Just how angry his political and doctrinal enemies are became clear this weekend…”

It wasn’t just the Times. On Wednesday, Reuters headlined, “Defenders rally around pope, fear conservatives escalating war.” On Thursday, Reuters doubled down with this headline: “Conservative media move to front line of battle to undermine Pope Francis.” The Telegraph (U.K.) reported, “Vatican analysts say the attack appears to be part of a concerted effort by conservatives to oust Pope Francis, who they dislike for his relatively liberal views…

[…]The media’s disgraceful attempts to cover for Francis because of their love for his politics merely exposes the actual malign motivations of many in the media: they were happy to expose misconduct and evil inside the Catholic Church when the pope was a conservative; they’re happy to facilitate a cover-up when the pope is a liberal.

As an evangelical conservative Christian, the Bible means more to me than the opinions of any man. The Bible is God speaking to his creatures about what their priorities ought to be. So, as a Bible-believing Christian, I’m primarily concerned about chastity, fidelity, protecting the unborn and promoting natural marriage. I wish we could all agree that these things should be our priorities. People should not be having sex outside of marriage, or cheating on their spouses. Unborn children should not be killed. Young children should grow up in stable homes with their biological mother and father present.

And I also believe in small government and low taxes, because parents need to keep the money they earn, in order to run their families properly. Parents should not be taxed to pay for high energy costs (global warming alarmism causes higher energy costs, for example Germany and Canada) and unskilled immigrants (higher police, education and health care costs, as seen in places like France and the UK). I want strong families where children grow up loved and protected. And I think Catholics should agree with me on this.

15 thoughts on “Mainstream media defends Pope accused of covering up homosexual sexual assaults”

  1. What hypocrisy! Especially from any of them who may be secular! I guess identity politics and being liberal trump common sense, decency and any shred of ethical conduct! I find it disgusting anyone would cover for these pedophiles in The Church! Abuse and corruption should not be able to hide behind the facade of prestige, authority, tradition or religion which encompasses all three!
    https://aladyofreason.wordpress.com/

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      1. Biblical warning: “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in Me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged around his neck, and that he were drowned in the depths of the sea.”
        Jesus of Nazareth (Matt. 18:2).

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          1. I’m sure he is saying the opposite, LOR. That is a famous quote by Jesus that we use against those who prey on children – be they inside or outside of the womb. The warning is a special one to those who abuse the little ones of Jesus. He has a special place in His Heart for children.

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          2. I COMPLETELY agree with you, LOR. Anyone who is caught doing these things to children should be immediately suspended and the local authorities notified. If found guilty, excommunicated and jailed. Maybe shot.
            The Pope needs to put out a statement RIGHT NOW that there will be NO more cover-ups by superiors, no more shuffling perps around, and if anyone is caught doing it (bishop, archbishop, cardinal, whomever) they too will be excommunicated and charged as an accessory. It is sickening that this kind of thing has been going on for so long (centuries?!), and it must be addressed and stopped NOW.
            Not next week, not tomorrow.
            NOW.
            And only the Pope himself can do it. If he doesn’t have the guts or the character to do it, then maybe he should resign.
            And make way for someone who does.

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          3. Cool. I’m sorry I misunderstood! Duhh… I just saw a bible verse and in past experiences people have quoted them to me to justify their blind adherence. My bad! I should have read more carefully 😁

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  2. ‘Clearly, this is the focus of Catholic church leadership. Global warming and open borders both help to destroy free market capitalism, and increase the size of the secular government.’

    SOME of the Catholic church leadership…namely the ones who aren’t doing the vocation they are given. Preaching the Gospel of Christ and giving out His sacraments to men for the salvation of their souls. And any good shepherd should be pointing out actual sin like homosexual acts and sexual abuse by those who have been bestowed authority preying on the innocent (our priest said this clearly in the homily this morning…we have a good one). Global warming and open borders are in the political sphere…the church needs to stick to its primary purpose: theology.

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    1. Hopefully these revelations and the ones to come help to purify the church of the ones who aren’t there to do the work bestowed upon them. I and many Catholics actually want it all brought into the light so that we can see once and for all where they stand. I hope those who were abused receive justice and healing and the abusers seek God’s mercy through repentence and as a good sign of repentence give up the position they are in. This should start with Pope Francis being the first example of his zero tolerance to those clergy who cover up the sexual abuse if the claims are true (and many well respected clergy seem to back Vigano’s claims). If they won’t…then a defrocking must happen.

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  3. Conservative Catholics DO agree with you on this – and they are the ones who know their catechisms and who have been calling out this Pope since he became Pope.

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      1. Me neither, but I am VERY “Catholic” when it comes to the Sanctity of Life & Marriage, and I am blessed to serve with some amazing Catholics.

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  4. Did anyone else notice that in Cardinal Blaise Cupich’s quote above, he ironically used the figure of speech “down a rabbit HOLE” instead of “down a rabbit TRAIL”?!

    A rabbit TRAIL is a meandering distraction from the more important matter at hand. “Down the rabbit HOLE” (from Alice in Wonderland) per google is “to enter into a situation or begin a process or journey that is particularly strange, problematic, difficult, complex, or chaotic, especially one that becomes increasingly so as it develops or unfolds”. Cupich clearly meant the former, but the latter that he accidentally referenced seems to apply to the situation much more truthfully & comprehensively.

    The flaws of the Catholic Church are apparent here, and WK, I hope you will blog more about this! How can God’s “one true church” be led by an unorthodox, unfaithful, people pleasing man? How can pedophiles, sexual predators, and the sexually immoral thrive in the hierarchy (and even magisterium) of a system that holds human interpretation equal to that of the Bible?

    One big reason is because the Catholic Church as we know it today is human made and riddled with fallible human decisions & sins, yet gives itself ultimate/equal authority to the scriptures. God’s word says that a person preaching any gospel besides the original true message of Christ should be accursed (Galatians 1:8). In 1 Tim 4:1-3 the Lord warns against those who have left the faith to follow demonic teaching including forbidding people (ahem, priests) to marry (His words, not mine!). In Colossians 2:8 God again warns against following “hollow & deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition…rather than on Christ”.

    The Protestant/Evangelical Church is by no means inerrant, but we don’t claim to be. More than that, you do not have to take my word or any pastor, teacher, or leader’s word mindlessly. Please read the Bible for yourself, hold every teaching up to the double-edged sword of God’s word. It’s mysterious & complex at times, but use what is clear to shed light on what isn’t. It’s nice to have someone claiming authority to do all the hard interpretive work & doctrinal heavy lifting for you, but that could lead you down the rabbit hole in some scary and dangerous ways. God gave you a mind of your own, and if you’re in Christ, he has equipped you with His Spirit!

    I highly recommend picking up the Bible & taking God at his word. Also, John MacArthur has an 8-sermon series on the Catholic Church & Catholic doctrine for those willing to learn or be challenged.

    https://www.gty.org/library/topical-series-library/296/explaining-the-heresy-of-catholicism

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