Pope in Ireland decries abuse cover-up, meets with victims

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  • scrappy do DRAPER, UT
    Aug. 26, 2018 3:55 p.m.

    The pope needs to commit to a purge of every single priest, bishop and Cardinal that was involved in the crime and the cover up... if that means a vast shortage of priests etc ... so be it

    He should know the people are the church not the priests, bishops, Cardinals.. not even the pope himself

    It’s hard to believe they didn’t handle this before.... pitiful crisis management

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    Aug. 26, 2018 7:57 a.m.

    Nice words from the Pontiff.

    However, too little, too late. The Catholic Church abused his moral authority in Ireland and excessively involved itself in civic affairs. The Irish people have rebelled against the hegemony of the Church in response to the historical corruption of the Irish Catholic Church and have passed initiatives and laws that bring the country into the 21st century.

    If the Catholic Church wishes to again be a voice for ethics and morality, then it must purge all those involved. It must advocate for the victims. But most of all, it must approach all matters in a humble, modest forward looking fashion. This will be hard for that institution, maybe impossible.

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    Aug. 25, 2018 5:01 p.m.

    The institution of the Catholic Church failed Ireland. The clergy abused Irish children and women. The Church abused its authority and played too deep in the politics of the country. And was achingly arrogant.

    The Irish people have thrown down the gauntlet at the Catholic Church, telling the Church that its influence is on the wane. It has a gay Prime Minister. It has legalized a woman's right to choose. Ireland even voted to legalize same sex marriage.

    The Pope seems like a nice man, but the institution he is the nominal head of is out of step with Ireland and many other evolved western democratic states. I doubt his visit will do anything to rebuild a shattered image.

    All of which should be an object lesson for states within the US with essentially mono-religious heritage. The power and arrogance of a religious institution does not last forever. And IMHO, ultimately turns many otherwise faithful observers into agnostic ones.