Big left-leaning German mag starts to “get it” about the Vatican’s problem

From Willis L. Krumholz and Robert Delahunty at The Federalist:

The recent publication of a devastating report on Pope Francis in the German news magazine Der Spiegel marks a new phase in the continuing crisis in the Catholic Church. The report (as yet unavailable in English) is entitled: “Thou shalt not lie: The silence of the shepherds.”

Contradicting the widespread image of Pope Francis as a “reformer” concerned to expose clerical sexual abuses within his church and punish the offenders, the report reveals a pope who for years has been indifferent to the complaints of abuse survivors, and has surrounded himself with an inner circle of close advisors, several of whom have been accused of cover-ups.

Der Spiegel is a major European news outlet with a left-leaning bias. No one could seriously suspect it of wanting to do a hatchet job on Francis because of ideological differences. In fact, early in Francis’ Papacy, Der Spiegel published an adulatory article on him, describing him as a pope who would “clean up the Catholic Church and improve its image.”

The story declared: “He has taken his office to heavenly heights. He makes it easy for people to love him. They like his incongruous approach and his plain words.”

But in a single stroke, the new Der Spiegel report demolishes the argument of Francis’ apologists that we should dismiss the accusations against him because they came from supposedly “right wing” sources. The report comes from a periodical that once thought that he had raised the papacy to “heavenly heights.” More.

Reality check: The problem with trashing all who are concerned about the coverup of Vatican gay sex scandals as nasty right-wing fanatics is this: It amounts to saying that only a right-wing nasty would care about churchmen abusing their power over minors and young adults.

Really? We right-wing nasties didn’t used to have so heroic a reputation. Of course, we’ll accept the claim. But what—logically and morally—follows from it? Certainly not that we should have less influence.

See also: Catholic? Care much? Here are items I found helpful re the sex abuse crisis

More documents I found helpful in the Catholic sex abuse crisis Snippets, really, answering questions I had.

The question I, as a Catholic, have most dreaded

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The Vatican’s deal with China

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