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Pope Francis Often Quiet on Sex Abuse Cases as Archbishop (Hurlingham, Argentina)
Associated Press ^ | Monday March 18, 2013, 10:43 PM | NICK MIROFF

Posted on 03/19/2013 10:19:00 AM PDT by haffast

HURLINGHAM, Argentina — Father Julio Cesar Grassi was a celebrity in the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires. The young, dynamic, media-savvy priest networked with wealthy Argentines to fund an array of schools, orphanages and job training programs for poor and abandoned youths, winning praise from Argentine politicians and his superior, Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio.

Grassi called his foundation Felices los Niños, "Happy Children."

Today, Grassi is a convicted sex offender who remains free on a conditional release after being sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2009 for molesting a prepubescent boy in his care.

Yet in the years after Grassi's conviction, Bergoglio — now Pope Francis — has declined to meet with the victim of the priest's crimes or the victims of other predations by clergy under his leadership. He did not offer personal apologies or financial restitution, even in cases in which the crimes were denounced by other members of the church and the offending priests were sent to jail.

Since he was elected to the papacy Wednesday, media attention has focused primarily on Bergoglio's actions during the "Dirty War" years of Argentina's military dictatorship. But at a time when the Vatican is facing a costly legal and moral crisis on several continents over sex crimes committed by its prelates, Bergoglio's handling of pedophilic clergy under his authority offers insight into how he might approach the scandals.

There is no evidence that Bergoglio played a direct role in covering up abuse cases.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: abusivepriests; bergoglio; catholic; coverup; homosexuality; homosexualpriests; pedaphile; pedophiles; popefrancis; sexabuse; vatican
What should the new pope's priorities be, for American Catholics? According to Pew, a top priority is dealing with the sex abuse scandal:

Seven-in-ten Catholics say that addressing the sex abuse scandal should be “a top priority” for Francis. U.S. Catholics as a whole attach less importance to other possible priorities on the list. But among Catholics who say they attend Mass at least once a week, roughly equal numbers cite “standing up for traditional moral values” (65%) and “addressing the sex abuse scandal” (63%) as top priorities for the new pope. By contrast, among Catholics overall 49% say that standing up for traditional moral values should be “a top priority” for Pope Francis. Roughly four-in-ten Catholics or fewer think that spreading the Catholic faith (39%), addressing the priest shortage (36%) and reforming the Vatican bureaucracy (35%) should be top priorities for the new pope.

http://www.pewforum.org/Christian/Catholic/US-Catholics-Divided-On-Churchs-Direction-Under-New-Pope.aspx#next"

And then there is the 300 page dossier that three cardinals put together for PEXVI that was left by him for the new pope to have to deal with.

1 posted on 03/19/2013 10:19:00 AM PDT by haffast
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To: haffast

The purpose of this news release coming on the day of the new pope’s official swearing in, is so that the media can drag him through the mud during his entire papacy.
Didn’t take them long.


2 posted on 03/19/2013 10:30:59 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Liberalism is due to a breakdown of the thinking apparatus.)
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To: haffast

I’ve had it with the daily hammering of the child abuse and CC. Time to start on the Protestants thereagain they’re (nor the CC) have ever reached the secularist Education Dept stats where it’s 10%.


3 posted on 03/19/2013 10:46:59 AM PDT by bronxville (Margaret Sanger - “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,)
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To: I want the USA back

Yes, it owuld have been nice to have had a day off.


4 posted on 03/19/2013 10:47:54 AM PDT by bronxville (Margaret Sanger - “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,)
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To: haffast

More Catholic-hating media bashing.

Total nonsense.


5 posted on 03/19/2013 10:48:20 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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“Pope Francis Often Quiet on Sex Abuse Cases as Archbishop”

The press begin their attacks on another human being who believes in the concept of moral accountability.


6 posted on 03/19/2013 11:13:34 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: haffast

There’s a Hurlingham, Argentina?!!


7 posted on 03/19/2013 12:52:35 PM PDT by Oratam
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