It’s Raining on the Pope’s Parade – On Clerical Abuse,Website Finds Pope’s Argentina Record Favored Priests
When the Pope arrived in the U.S., he praised his Catholic bishops for their handling of the clerical child abuse tragedy. He was promptly and rightly criticized for this and he back-tracked with a more inclusive statement that showed concern for the victims.
But those first words were perhaps more telling about his long tenure in Argentina, for an American website, Bishop Accountability, has found that, unbelievably, he “stayed silent about the crisis in Argentina”, while he was Archbishop or Cardinal Bergoglio.
The Accountability website was started during the crisis in the American Catholic Church and is highly regarded for its credibility.
The site, through its data bases, found that Bergoglio, “released no documents, no names of accused priests, no tallies of accused priests, no policy for handling abuse, not even an apology to victims.” He was head of the Buenos Aires diocese from 1998 to 2013 and president of the Argentine bishop’s conference from 2005 to 2011.
Sadly, the actions Bergoglio did take, according to the site, were ones of cover-up, refusing to meet with or advocate for victims and even being an advocate for a convicted priest.
The website , Bishop Accountabilty.org, fleshes out a number of cases of priest-molesters and how Bergoglio or other bishops helped them instead of the victims. It is reported that this is the way Argentine bishops are handling abuse cases now. If this is part of the legacy the Pope left behind in Argentina, the world will need to pay closer attention to his actions as Pope.