Pope Francis will never recover from the horrible truth about this sex scandal
Pope Francis may finally have reached the end of the line.
Controversies rocked his tenure as Pontiff from Day One.
And now this sex scandal may be the final nail in his career’s coffin.
Pope Francis barely survived a scandal surrounding a Pennsylvania priest that molested thousands of young boys.
Even though it appeared he may have known the man was a predator, Francis skated by with no accountability.
He may not be so fortunate this time.
A bombshell report surfaced accusing Francis of knowing that one his protégés was an abusive monster and that Francis promoted him to a high ranking position within the church anyway.
The Vatican received information in 2015 and 2017 that an Argentine bishop close to Pope Francis had taken naked selfies, exhibited “obscene” behavior and had been accused of misconduct with seminarians, his former vicar general told The Associated Press, undermining Vatican claims that allegations of sexual abuse were only made a few months ago.
Francis accepted Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta’s resignation in August 2017, after priests in the remote northern Argentine diocese of Oran complained about his authoritarian rule and a former vicar, seminary rector and another prelate provided reports to the Vatican alleging abuses of power, inappropriate behavior and sexual harassment of adult seminarians, said the former vicar, the Rev. Juan Jose Manzano.
The scandal over Zanchetta, 54, is the latest to implicate Francis as he and the Catholic hierarchy as a whole face an unprecedented crisis of confidence over their mishandling of cases of clergy sexual abuse of minors and misconduct with adults. Francis has summoned church leaders to a summit next month to chart the course forward for the universal church, but his own actions in individual cases are increasingly in the spotlight.
Catholics across the globe were appalled.
Francis fell out of favor with many traditional Catholics because of his left-wing political activism.
But that is a forgivable transgression.
Tolerating and rewarding sexual predators is a sin that should lead to resignation.