PopeWatch: Protests

The Pope will be facing protests during his visit to Chile:


Parishioners in Osorno, a small city 800 kilometers (497 miles) south of the Chilean capital, say Vatican representatives denied their requests to meet with Francis. They plan to protest every day of the Pope’s Jan. 15 – 18 stay in Chile.

Pope Francis, who hails from neighboring Argentina and once briefly lived in Chile, has defended Osorno Bishop Juan Barros and says allegations that he covered up abuses by one of Chile’s most notorious sexual predators were unfounded.

Planned demonstrations in Chile, a staunchly Catholic country, have rekindled accusations Francis has not done enough to root out sexual abuse in the Church, especially holding bishops accountable for covering up or mishandling sexual abuse.

“We believe the victims of sexual abuse have been marginalized (by the Church),” said Juan Carlos Claret, a spokesman for Osorno parishioners. “It’s a reality that we in Osorno have been living with for almost four years and we plan to keep the issue alive.”


Go here to read the rest.  Go here for background.  This appointment was controversial in 2015 and the passage of three years has not dimmed the controversy.

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  1. Pope Francis the Obtuse cares not what the faithful think. Only himself…and those who are only too willing to do his bidding.

  2. I’ve suspected that charges of sexual misconduct and administrative malfeasance, misfeasance, and nonfeasance are tools for Francis and his camarilla to use against their adversaries in the Church. And nothing more than that. The guilty will go scot free if that’s what’s convenient and people facing debatable complaints will be sanctioned severely if they’re in the way of the inner-ring.

  3. Not much doubt that what happened in the wake of Vatican II was a rebellion by the lower clergy like that of the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century to a degree, but also like that of the later 18th century by clerical followers of the “Enlightenment”. In the case of the 1960s, it was the followers of the sexual revolution. Many young priests had been led to believe that the practice of celibacy was about to be relaxed. When it became evident that this was not going to be the case, many left the priesthood. Many other others turned against the authority of their bishops. Still others simply hunkered down waiting to see what happened. Collectively there was a collapse in the morale of the priesthood.

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