If the accusations against Cardinal Theodore McCarrick bear out — including a case involving an 11-year-old boy — will Pope Francis revoke his title as cardinal? Sanction him to a lifetime of penance and prayer? Or even defrock him, the expected sanction if McCarrick were a mere priest?
And will Francis, who has already denounced a “culture of cover-up” in the church, take the investigation all the way to the top, where it will inevitably lead? McCarrick’s alleged sexual misdeeds with adults were reportedly brought to the Vatican’s attention years ago.
The matter is now on the desk of the pope, who has already spent the better part of 2018 dealing with a spiraling child sex abuse, adult gay priest sex and cover-up scandal in Chile that was so vast the entire bishops’ conference offered to resign in May.
Obviously something is seriously wrong in the Catholic Church when it comes to pedophiles in vestments. The church needs to stop the insane celibacy rule which only exists until the choir boy has his jeans down in the vestry in front of the priest.
The issue of not allowing for open sexuality in the private lives of priests has contributed to the indefensible crimes which take place far too often in that denomination. Let priests marry, have homosexual relationships if they desire, and act like every other member of their congregation. The church has for too long tried to control the sexual side of their entire membership. From the horrible ideas they plant in youngster’s minds about masturbation, to the banning of contraceptives leaves the vast majority of both Catholics and non-Catholics rejecting the insanity from the pulpits.
There is never an end to the horrible stories of not only abusive priests but the cover-ups which reach to the papal offices.
Meanwhile the lowly parishioner is asked to dig deeper and provide more money—lawyers after all–do not come cheap when trying to explain why Father X has abused yet another kid. And then been routed to another parish.