It is unfortunate for the Catholic religion that Pope Francis did not arrive a bit sooner for the institution. He inherited, not merely mistakes, a pattern of disregard for the rights of children which resulted in sexual abuse. In fairness, the vast majority of priests are NO sexual perverts. They are decent men who may not agree with those who believe in abortion rights or the right of women to equal status in the church. But, when the issue to be confronted is torture and sexual abuse, the bottom line is honesty, and working to end any such behavior. Vatican representatives have been in conflict with the UN committee on torture which claims that sexual abuse is a form of torture and wants the Vatican to abide by United Nations requirements and guidelines. The Holy See argues it is part of a sovereign entity without being a nation and thus UN guidelines do not apply.
Archbishop Silvano Tomasci insists “the Holy See intends to focus exclusively on the Vatican.” We await the intervention of Pope Francis to offer an alternative to this approach. One that respects the integrity and dignity of those in the Vatican while at the same time confronts the issue of abuse.