There may be few greater hindrances to believing in God and loving His Church than the offence caused by clerical sexual abuse.
The latest scandals, and the arguably equally offensive attempts to cover them up, have involved a scale of abuse of nuns that has been hard to accept, let alone process, for the ordinary Catholic.
The Pope’s fellow Jesuit, the artist Fr Rupnik, has been accused of the salacious manipulation of nuns on a scale that most films directors, wanting to produce a controversial movie about religion, would hesitate to put into the script. His connections with senior members of his order, including Pope Francis, as well as his artistic prowess and international reputation, appear to have counted for more than the complaints of his victims. His connections seem to have mattered more than justice, truth and accountability.
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