PopeWatch: Grave Errors

Well, it is a start in regard to acknowledging grave errors:

Pope Francis has admitted he made “grave errors” in judgment in a clerical sex abuse scandal in Chile and invited the abuse victims he had discredited to Rome to beg their forgiveness.

In an extraordinary letter published on Wednesday, Francis also summoned all of Chile’s bishops to the Vatican for an emergency summit in the coming weeks to discuss the scandal, which has badly tarnished his reputation and that of the Chilean church.

The Vatican orders up such emergency visits only on rare occasions, when Vatican intervention is urgently required, such as when the clerical sex abuse scandal exploded in the United States in 2002.

Francis said the meeting, which comes just a year after the Chilean bishops were last in Rome on a regular visit, would have as its objective “repairing scandal where possible and re-establishing justice”.

Francis blamed a lack of “truthful and balanced information” in his missteps in judging the case of Bishop Juan Barros, a protege of Chile’s most notorious predator priest, the Rev Fernando Karadima. Francis had strongly defended Barros during his January visit to Chile, despite accusations by victims that he witnessed and ignored their abuse.

In Chile and during an airborne press conference returning to Rome, Francis had accused the victims of “slander” for pressing their case against Barros, demanded they present “proof” of their claims, revealed he had twice rejected Barros’s resignation and insisted: “I am convinced he is innocent.”

After his remarks caused an outcry, Francis sent the Vatican’s most respected sex abuse investigator, Archbishop Charles Scicluna to Chile.


Go here to read the rest.  I hope the Papal dentist can deal with the teeth grinding  that Pope Francis is no doubt engaging in.  A very proud man, Pope Francis has rarely admitted to error, unless it is an error decades in his past.  Does anyone believe that the Pope knows more about the sex abuse situation in Chile than he did when he made his initial comments.  No, it is not additional knowledge that causes this confession of error, but because Pope Francis received negative coverage from the media that usually lauds him to the stars.  Pope Francis cares not a whit what Orthodox Catholic media, or conservative media says about him, but if he is criticized by liberal or leftist media, he will come crawling on his knees to seek forgiveness.  PopeWatch is glad that the Pope admitted error in regard to Chile.  Would to heaven he was willing to do do for reasons better than fearing criticism from the Left.


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  1. I too wouldn’t give a wit what much of the orthodox Catholic says either. But for the same reasons the pope doesn’t.

  2. Well if that’s true, then we can only hope “the leftist press” (almost the perfect redundancy) will start attacking him for not simply answering the dubia?

  3. Following on from Guys previous post, does the Pope know what’s “going on” under his roof? Or is it that he won’t admit to any Clergy sins unless he is cornered into admitting? Or is it that the problem is just too big and too widespread that he can’t fix it so ignores it or refuses to acknowledge it as it would be a stain on his papacy (I suspect Pope Benedict resigned because the problem was far beyond his ability to fix and he was forced out)? I’m confused as to the extent of Pope Francis knowledge of what’s going on in the Church in regards to Clergy abuse cases and debauchery…

    I ask this because I honestly dont think St John Paul 2 ever realised the extent of the abuse that was happening during his time as Pope. I honestly believe this whole heartedly.

    Any thoughts?

  4. What he really meant was that he was only trying to accompany the bishop. It just sounds like he was saying that he was wrong, but it was someone else’s fault for not providing good information.
    Oh, that he would get into the habit of praying the office in some quiet corner of the plane during these trips… (not likely I guess)

  5. Pat.
    Your suggestion is spot on;

    Entry 1008: March 1, 1937. The Lord gave me to know how displeased He is with a talkative soul. I find no rest in such a soul. The constant din tires Me, and in the midst of it the soul cannot discern My voice.

    Entry 552: The Holy Spirit does not speak to a soul that is distracted and garrulous. He speaks by His quiet inspirations to a soul that is recollected, to a soul that knows how to keep silence.

    Entry 118: In order to hear the voice of God, one has to have silence in one’s soul and to keep silence; not a gloomy silence but an interior silence; that is to say, recollected in God.

    Entry 477: Silence is a sword in the spiritual struggle. A talkative soul will never attain sanctity. The sword of silence will cut off everything that would like to cling to the soul. We are sensitive to words and quickly want to answer back, without taking any regard as to whether it is God’s will that we should speak. A silent soul is strong; no adversities will harm it if it perseveres in silence. The silent soul is capable of attaining close union with God. It lives almost always under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. God works in a silent soul without hindrance.

    St. Faustina’s Diary

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