Pope Francis wrote: “We showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned
them,” in a 2,000 word letter to the world’s Catholics. How
very true that is. The letter was publicized amidst numerous scandals
involving allegations of sexual abuse by leaders of the Catholic Church.
As the Washington Post reported, a Pennsylvania grand-jury released a report
last week detailing seven decades of abuse by 300 priests. Francis wrote:
“Looking ahead to the future, no effort must be spared to create
a culture able to prevent such [abuses] from happening, but also to prevent
the possibility of their being covered up and perpetuated […].”
At the very least, the letter seems to indicate a slow acceptance by the
Catholic Church that the abuse is perpetuated by a tolerant culture to
such abuses. Historically, the church has covered up such scandals and
buried them in secrecy. Acknowledgement of the serious abuse problem within
the church is a small step, but a significant one. Such abuse should not
be tolerated, and there should be real consequences for those who have
perpetuated or willfully ignored it within the Church hierarchy.