Pope Francis’s controversial tenure as head of the Catholic Church took a turn for the worse.
A horrible scandal just rocked the Church.
And Pope Francis responded with two words that infuriated millions of Christians.
People across the globe were horrified to learn of a grand jury report in Pennsylvania that detailed how over 300 priests abused thousands of innocent victims and the Church hierarchy covered up the scandal.
The outrage only grew when the Vatican announced Pope Francis would have “no comment.”
The Hill reports:
“We have no comment at this time,” Paloma Ovejero, deputy director of the Vatican’s press office, told CNN Wednesday.
The grand jury, which listened to testimony from victims and met for two years, released the reportTuesday, identifying more than 300 abusers who are members of the Catholic Church in the state. It goes on to say the Catholic Church covered up the abuse.
“Priests were raping little boys and girls, and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they hid it all. For decades. Monsignors, auxiliary bishops, bishops, archbishops, cardinals have mostly been protected; many, including some named in this report, have been promoted,” the report says.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who oversaw the investigation, explained just how widespread the abuse was, tweetingTuesday, “The abuse scarred every diocese. The cover up was sophisticated. Their own Secret Archives formed the backbone of this investigation — it’s how Church officials referred to troves of documents sitting in filing cabinets just feet from the Bishops’ desk.”
Pope Francis has been an outspoken critic of Donald Trump’s America First immigration policies.
Francis has also repeatedly spoken up about the fake news hysteria surrounding so-called “man made” global warming.
His silence on this horrific scandal infuriated millions of Christians.
They expected a statement expressing compassion for the victims and a pledge to root out predators in the Church and hold them accountable.
Instead they received silence.