Editorial by Pastor Ed Boston
Let me begin by saying that I am not Catholic, and there are many things about the Catholic Church I do not know or understand. I would like to point out that the Ed Boston Podcast has had numerous interviews with people involved with the Catholic Church and EWTN. I have always enjoyed those interviews and greatly respect the people who are “friends of the podcast” from EWTN.
However, many non-Christians, atheists, and others place controversies like I will be talking about below with all believers in Jesus Christ. For that reason, I feel like I should address this topic.
To support my previous statement, a well-known atheist group is placing a full-page ad in the New York Times with the headline reading: “It’s time to consider quitting the Catholic Church.”
The latest scandal that has besieged the Catholic Church is part of a long list of issues that have happened under Pope Francis since he was elected to his position in 2013. While most of the list are things he has said and believes, this scandal is mostly about crimes committed before he became Pope. It’s the way he has handled this situation that has been the issue. I will address the current scandal a little later in this editorial.
There are 5 issues listed here and links to each topic. In my opinion, Pope Francis is on the wrong side of each of these issues.
Now the current scandal as published by the BBC:
A Church-commissioned report in 2004 said more than 4,000 US Roman Catholic priests had faced sexual abuse allegations in the last 50 years, in cases involving more than 10,000 children – mostly boys.
A 2009 report found that sexual and psychological abuse was “endemic” in Catholic-run industrial schools and orphanages in Ireland for most of the 20th Century.
A five-year Australian inquiry in 2017 found that “tens of thousands of children” were sexually abused in Australian institutions over decades, including churches, schools and sports clubs.
What about recent cases?
- In August 2018, a Pennsylvania grand jury named more than 300 clergy in a report which found more than 1,000 children had been abused
- Australian Archbishop Philip Wilson resigned in July 2018 after being convicted of concealing child sex abuse carried out by another priest
- In June 2018, a former Vatican diplomat was sentenced to five years in prison for child pornography offences
- In Chile, 34 Roman Catholic bishops offered to resign in the wake of a child sex scandal and cover-up.
How has the Church responded?
Pope Francis called for “decisive action” when he was elected in 2013, but critics say he has not done enough to hold to account bishops who allegedly covered up abuse.
Many are calling for the resignation of Pope Francis, but it appears that there is no plan to do so.
In an article at Yahoo.com, this was reported:
Pope Francis has no intention of stepping down as he fights accusations that he protected a former archbishop accused of sexual abuse, Italian news agency ANSA reported, citing “close associates” of the pope.
As the founder and leader of the Ed Boston Podcast Network, let me add my name to the list of those who believe that enough is enough and that Pope Francis needs to resign.