Thomas Doyle: Pope Francis’ Efforts on Abuse

Click here to read: “Pope Francis on abuse — a disappointment,” by Thomas P. Doyle, National Catholic Reporter, March 6, 2014

Excerpt: “Three months ago the Vatican announced it would establish a commission of experts to study the problem, yet to date nothing has been done. The pope doesn’t need another commission and more experts to create more reports with more public expressions of concern. Without doubt any such commission would approach clergy sex abuse from the perspective of the needs of the institutional church with the primary goal the restoration of its credibility. That’s the way it has worked with every church appointed commission on any level. Doing it that way is doing it backwards.”

7 thoughts on “Thomas Doyle: Pope Francis’ Efforts on Abuse

  1. Disheartening! . I am weary! Hope then no hope; little hope for justice.
    One of the blessings in all of this is Tom Doyle’s leadership.

    1. I love that Tom Doyle places the credit for all the reform in and out of the church with the victims and supporters. Hierarchs are so quick to take credit for reform they didnt initiate.

      Thankful Doyle points that out.

      1. survivors wife: Not only does the Hierarchy want to take credit for reforms they didn’t initiate, they want to take credit for reforms that they have vehemently opposed And as Francis has done this week , they want to play the martyr card. The poor Church is being picked on by victims, lawyers, and not surprisingly the news media. The same week that Chris Christie attacked the news media for questioning his role in bridgegate, the pope is making the same rants. It always amazes me how the Church throughout its history, has played out its role as martyr. They even insisted during the Inquisition, while they and their supporters were having thousands of people murdered for not converting to their religion, that they were the ones being wronged. Today, as thousands of sexual abuse victims suffer through a lifetime of horrible effects, they claim as Francis did the other day that they are being unjustly singled out.The martyr card just doesn’t work any more.

  2. Smoke and mirrors, PR tactics to make the pew sheep think they care by “doing” something, more. Expect nothing from this institution, they lost a long time ago the difference between what is morally right. When i see them, they are encased in darkness.

  3. What I expect from Francis and his sexual abuse commission is a carefully contrived, two-part, resolution.

    The first part will “miraculously” dodge all of the institution’s concrete and tangible duties and responsibilities resulting from its sins and crimes. It will have a Latin title that no one can translate or pronounce. Its feel will be ethereal and literary. Mercy, healing, and love will be intertwined with theology, the Gospels, suffering, forgiveness, and reconciliation. It will take folks in endless, theoretical circles. Naturally, embedded in it, but not noticeable to the naked eye, will be a carefully orchestrated effort at evangelization. All in all, “divinely inspired,” it will render null and void issues such as Law, Finn, Rigali, SOL reform, victim compensation, the whereabouts of released pedophile priests, diocesan secret archive records, the U.N. report, etc. ad nauseam.

    The second part will be something on the order of a re-do of the Dallas Charter. What will stay the same is that bishops will remain bishops regardless of how poorly they follow it.

  4. Mark Silk on Francis’s unfortunate but typically clerical response last week to sexual abuse. You gotta love the part where Francis meets with priests shortly after delivering his defensive and erroneous remarks. He tells them he just hates how often they have to endure unsubstantiated claims of abuse. Beware when the cult brothers in Christ congregate behind closed doors. They stroke and applaud each other no matter what. Clericalism. So alive and well it is not funny. Modeled over and over last week by the pope who said his mission was to destroy it.

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