But hey, he did ask a handful of victims for their forgiveness. There is that…

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  1. He also publicly apologized for the actions and inaction of the Roman Catholic Church, which he’s personally been the Pope of for what, five minutes? I like this Pope, and I’m not even Catholic, or practicing anything…he’s used his position to change minds, and hearts, in some pretty positive ways. The script over his picture is wrong, imnsho, and misleading.

  2. Just because he’s a likable pope Barbara, doesn’t mean he’s making any kind of a difference. The fact of the matter is that the church still has just as much blood on its hands now as it did before. Is he speaking out about it? Sure. He has to. The church no longer has the shielding of the press and governments. This pope, and the church hierarchy are interested in nothing less than generating good PR with this pope. But unfortunately, it’s business as usual for this pope, at least until he rocks the wrong boat. Then, it will just be another Pope John Paul I story. Mark my words.

    I wrote this post back when the Pope took office. A bit longer ago than five minutes. Tell me, how of what I posted has he actually followed through on?

    http://holesinthefoam.us/meet-the-new-boss

  3. That’s a long list, I’ll take a closer look at it when I can post a comprehensive reply. My short list is that he has acknowledged the systemic abuse, and publicly apologized for it. He has also used his very prominent position to speak out against the culture of greed, the hunger and inequity the masses face, and to tell the uppity crust that it’s time to pony up. He’s also told the Church to stop using the bible for anti LGBT Bias, slut shaming, unwed motherhood shunning, and the denial of pharmaceutical birth control. I think that’s quite a start.

  4. He’s only catering to what catholics have been saying for a long time Barbara. He’s basically pandering to the progressive catholics, because even he knows that the catholic faith is waning rapidly in most of the developed world. And that’s a fact. The church is DESPERATE for new parishioners and retention of existing ones. He is going to say anything he can to pander. But you can be assured that the catholic church has no intention of updating its bronze age dogma.

    Acknowledging systemic abuse is not the same thing as doing something about it. The church still does seem to think it’s above the law. Even he seems to think that Canon law trumps civil and criminal laws. If he didn’t, he would order all dioceses to turn over ALL documentation and reports of ALL known rape and abuse cases to the appropriate legal authorities. Nope. No such thing has happened, nor will it ever happen. Until this smooth-talking, conciliatory-sounding pope starts actually taking real action, I will continue to remain unimpressed.

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