POPE FRANCIS FAILS THE TEST: Words, simply not enough

When Francis became the 266th. Pope, there was talk that this well spoken and popular Argentinian would change the corrupt culture at the Vatican.

At issue was the Vatican’s position on gay rights, and the decades-long protection of bishops and priests accused and charged with molesting young boys. Francis promised to change this dastardly shameful practice that is so rampant in the Catholic Church.

On the issue of gays, Pope Francis was forthright; “If someone is gay and seeks The Lord with good will, who am I to judge” Coming from the Vatican this was a breath of fresh air, a far cry from the homophobic pronouncements that previous Popes made.

U.N. child protection experts in Geneva recently criticized the Vatican on how they have handled the decades-long sexual abuse of minors by bishops and priests, almost in every case protecting the culprits and giving them safe haven behind the Vatican walls.

Yes, sad but true. Just as the Vatican has protected priests who were masterminds in 1994 Genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda.

So, the Pope’s pronouncements and promise to reform the church have been mere empty words.

Just this month, Francis told worshippers at morning Mass in the Vatican that abuse scandals had “cost us a lot of money, but (paying damages) is only right.”

Lamenting how much scandals by its own has cost the church is unfortunate in the face of continuing criminal acts by bishops and priests in what Pope Francis has called the “SHAME OF THE CHURCH.”

But the Vatican continues to soil its hands. Just this month the Vatican rejected a Warsaw Office of the Prosecutor’s request to hand over its former envoy to the Dominican Republic, the Pole Jozef Wesolowski to face charges of sexual abuse filed by five Dominican boys.

Pope Francis personally declined the request to extradite the Polish national to face accusations by Dominican authorities. In light of this, Pope Francis’ pronouncements and promise to change the status quo are empty words used to shield the church from its moral obligations.

To add insult to injury, Wesolowski was whisked out of the Dominican Republic and sent to Rome once a local journalist uncovered the scandal.

Alas! Many others accused of heinous criminal acts are safe behind the mighty walls of the Vatican.

About Willis Shalita

I am a writer who is very impassioned about Rwanda and its remarkable journey from the barbaric carnage of Genocide against Tutsi. I am an avid photographer. I believe the African story should be told through African lenses. Our time has come. If not now, when?
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