Posted by: frroberts | October 14, 2015

Pope apologizes for new scandal

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Pope Francis today asked for forgiveness for scandals that have taken place in the Church, the Vatican and also in the city of Rome.

Before beginning his catechesis at his weekly general audience, in which he underlined the need to remain loyal to the promises we give to our children, the Holy Father said:

“In the name of the Church, I would like to ask you for forgiveness for the scandals that have happened in these recent times, whether in Rome or in the Vatican, for which I ask forgiveness.”

A slew of scandals have plagued the Church and the Vatican over the past few years, including most obviously the clerical sex abuse crisis, but also scandals over Vatican finances, and the Vatileaks farrago.

Others scandals the Pope might have had in mind involve bishops primarily in parts of German-speaking Europe who seemingly show little or no regard for the sixth commandment by pushing for Holy Communion for the divorced and remarried, and are accused of undermining the Church’s teaching by supporting same-sex relationships….

… the Pope’s comments come in the face of his decision to personally choose Cardinal Godfried Danneels, a former Archbishop of Brussels, Belgium, to take part in the current Synod on the Family. Critics say the actions of the cardinal, considered to be a close confidant of Francis, have been a great cause of scandal.  Pope Francis chose him to be one of his 45 papal delegates at the meeting. He also took part in last year’s extraordinary session.

The cardinal is accused of covering up a sex abuse case, urging the King of Belgium to sign a law permitting abortion, and has confessed to being a member of a secretive, so-called St Gallen group that opposed Pope Benedict and sought to have Cardinal Bergoglio elected in 2005 (also very possibly in 2013, too, although the group officially disbanded a year later). The cardinal has referred to it jokingly as a kind of “mafia.”

Respected German journalist and author Paul Badde told CNA Oct. 10 that having such a prelate take part in a synod on “the vocation and mission of marriage and family” is a “mystery to many, to say the least.”

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