Though one may fixate on the moral bankruptcies of several Biblical verses such as the God of the Bible condemning the infants of Samaria to death by defenestration (in the lack of better words), socialization prevails for goodness’ sake. As demonstrated in the Pew Research Center Survey of U.S. Catholics and Family Life from May 2015 and early June 2015, “many disagree with church teaching about what constitutes a sin in some family-related areas”, a progressive gleam in the otherwise conservative whole. However, many outlets recently report that the Pope Francis has delivered a new lash against contemporary society, but against ‘hypocritical’ Catholics: a critique against self-identified Catholics who do not practice what Catholicism (and by extension, the Church) preaches.
However, there is a certain glamorization of this Pope, this Pope that popular outlets enjoy capitalizing as if modernity has suddenly materialized within the leadership of the Catholic Church: truly a triumph for liberalism. An apology for the victims of priests’ sex abuse does not run deep, however, as demonstrated the month of February; Carol Kuruvilla of Huffington Post may report that the Pope has “established a pontifical commission for the protection of minors” (read: prevention of abuse) and Claudio Lavanga of NBC News may report that Pope Francis has emphasized the promising “zero tolerance” crusade against clerical sexual abuse but do these promise ring true today? When outlets ( eight outlets, mostly demographical) have begun to discuss that the lamentably progressive Pope Francis has begun to apply his policy of “forgive and forget” over, say justly penalizing an “absolute monstrosity” in his own words, when it came to the case of Italian Rev. Mauro Inzoli?
ABC News, Houston Chronicle, and other outlets have begun to report on the curious case of this Italian priest who, mind you, was not acquitted of his sex crimes against as young as 12. By far, he was convicted by an Italian criminal court, and now “faces a second church trial after new evidence against him, The Associated Press has learned”; would the State allow a now convicted pedophile to continue to run the elementary schools where our children run amok with nothing but innocence in their eyes, nevermind engaging with the local circles of teachers and parents? No… but Pope Francis has demonstrated the value of his promises early onset by overruling the “advice of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith”. Instead of defrocking the Italian pedophile, or a justifiable removal of a criminal from the ministry and clerical state, the man is now expected to be only removed from the ministry. Because of “mercy“, in the words of the Vatican spokesman Greg Burke. Even after a dozen sets of mental gymnastics, it seems to be the ideal compromise between “releasing these pedophiles into society” (as if the clerical state has authority over these men after all has been said and done for the prison sentence?) and the realities of the priests’ sex abuse remaining unseen by the world, except when you realize: who are these men?
Are they the “regular” criminal whose motives range from an unrestrained passion of the moment to the contributions of an impoverished household with no assets to call their own? Or are they men similar to the defrocked Franciscan cleric Rev. Robert Van Handel whose disturbing expose into his mind reveal a lack of empathy, a pervasive dependence on cognitive distortions (“Perhaps besides the sexual element, the child in me wants a playmate”), and an “artistic” appreciation of his crimes including photographing the youngest sibling of a trio of brothers that he personally became ‘acquainted’ with, so to speak? Rest assured, Catholic readers, because the Pope has taken matters into his hand far more than this noticeable times, not simply this one case as reported by Associated Press last month.
To the honorable Pope Francis, I say, preach what you speak.