Francis Apologizes to Homosexuals in Record Time While Abuse Victims Are Still Waiting Decades Later

Homosexual activists are enflamed by media reports claiming that Pope Francis used the Italian term “frociaggine”(which translates as “faggotry”) in a recent closed-door meeting with bishops when referring to growing gay cultures in Catholic seminaries.  Amid outcries that Francis “offended” homosexuals, the Pontiff issued an immediate apology just one day after his remarks made headlines. While it took less than 24 hours for Francis to apologize for his use of a word frowned upon by the LGBTQ+ community, many clerical sex abuse victims are still waiting decades and counting to receive his apology after he covered up their abuse.

After Francis claimed in his book, On Heaven and Earth, that clerical sex abuse “never happened” during his tenure as Archbishop of Buenos Aires from 1998-2013, Argentinian abuse victims came forward to report that they were in fact abused by priests and that their pleas to then-Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio’s for help went unanswered.  Francis’ denial that abuse went unchecked under his watch in Buenos Aires led one victim to comment, “He wants people to believe that, but it’s a lie.”  Another victim added, “[Francis] receives all the celebrities … and opens his door to them.  And for us, not even a quick letter to say he was sorry.” These accounts join the plight of multiple Argentinian orphans who report being abused by a friend of then-Archbishop Bergoglio, Father Julio César Grassi.  After a Court convicted Grassi of child sex abuse in 2009, Bergoglio commissioned a 2,800-page internal diocesan report designed to smear the victims and pressure the Court to change its verdict. In 2017, video footage from Martin Boudot’s documentary, “Sex Abuse in the Church: The Code of Silence” showed Francis grimacing and waving away an investigative journalist who questioned him in St. Peter’s Square about why he attempted to interfere in Grassi’s legal proceedings. The same documentary captured scenes of sobbing Buenos Aires sex abuse victims recounting how Bergoglio ignored their abuse.  Years later, Francis has yet to show these victims the same compunction he extended to “offended” homosexuals.

While Francis rushed to beg the forgiveness of homosexuals who may have felt slighted by his comment about rampant homosexuality in seminaries, he has yet to apologize to the countless heterosexual seminarians whose vocations were ended by closeted homosexual seminary leaders and bishops. The mere 24 hours the LGBTQ+ community waited for Francis’ public apology pale in comparison to the more than 2,050 days victims have been waiting for him to respond to Archbishop Viganò’s allegations that the Pontiff helped cover up ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s abuse of seminarians and minors.  It should likewise come as no surprise that after more than three years, Francis still has not laicized former Vatican seminary leaders Father Adam Park and Father Peter Harman who left their posts in disgrace after they were the subjects of multiple credible sworn statements filed in a major ongoing sex abuse lawsuit.  The legal filings against Rome’s Pontifical North American College (NAC) detail how the former vice-rector, Father Park, sexually harassed seminarians, and how the former rector, Father Harman, engaged in anal sex with Archbishop George Lucas at an orgy in the presence of seminarians.  While Lucas, Park, and Harman continue to actively minister in their respective (arch)dioceses of Omaha, Washington, and Springfield in Illinois with their salaries financed by the Faithful despite the credible sexual allegations, the seminarians and whistleblowers who had the courage to come forward were never ordained.

Like the seminarians and whistleblowers who are still deprived of justice after facing reprisals because they exposed sexual scandals by top NAC seminary leaders, 48 Honduran seminarians are waiting more than six years for an apology after a leading member of Francis’ “reform” advisory council, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, blasted them for exposing homosexual misconduct in their seminary. The seminarians whose complaints Maradiaga sidelined felt morally compelled to come forward after Honduran Auxiliary Bishop Juan José Pineda was accused of abusing seminarians and after a Honduran seminarian attempted suicide upon discovering that his male lover in the seminary was in another relationship.

Just as Francis is allowing the injustice experienced by the Honduran seminarians to fall upon deaf ears, so too has he yet to atone for covering up alleged serial abuse reported to him by a former seminarian of Cathedral Seminary House of Formation in Douglaston, New York.  This seminarian has been waiting more than five years for a response since he wrote to Pope Francis reporting that he was sexually assaulted by former Douglaston rector, Father George Sears, and retaliated against by being dismissed two days after filing a criminal police report.  Francis’ silence has betrayed the alleged victim’s trust in the Church and enabled New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan to name Sears the New York Archdiocese’s Vocations Director despite Sears’ record of seminarian abuse allegations.

Unlike the LGBTQ+ community, Francis is keeping abuse survivor Rachel Mastrogiacomo awaiting an apology for nearly two years and counting after he awarded the red hat to San Diego Cardinal Robert McElroy who covered up her brutal satanic rape by Father Jacob Bertrand. On the day Mastrogiacomo watched Francis elevate McElroy to the College of Cardinals, she commented, “Catholic priests, Catholic bishops, and Catholic establish media outlets have consistently told me through their actions that it would be better that I just disappear.”  Mastrogiacomo has yet to receive any support from the Pontiff who rewarded a prelate who covered up for her predator.

Interestingly, media reports reveal that when Francis used the word “frociaggine” to describe the rise of homosexual cultures in seminaries​, his remark was met with “laughter” by the bishops in attendance.  Given findings that over 80% of abuse cases involve male victims; 4 out of 5 clerics working at the Vatican identify as homosexuals; and 1 in 12 NAC seminarians tested HIV-positive mainly due to male-to-male sexual transmission, it is difficult to ignore the damage caused by a pontificate that laughs off the discarded vocations and abuse victims whose reports continue to be snubbed.

In a Church where victims and whistleblowers are revictimized and sometimes even excommunicated by prelates who fail to care about their abuse, more Catholics are unable to believe Francis when he claims that “there is room for everyone in the Church.”  Francis’ failure to offer abuse victims the same remorse he conveyed to homosexuals this week has made it possible for victims struggling with lifelong trauma to commit suicide while only 8 out of some 150 bishops credibly accused of abuse have been laicized. If there truly is “room for everyone” in the Church, why is Francis leaving abuse victims out in the cold for decades?

Gene Thomas Gomulka is a sexual abuse victims’ advocate, investigative reporter, and screenwriter. A former Navy (O6) Captain/Chaplain, seminary instructor, and diocesan respect life director, Gomulka was ordained a priest for the Altoona-Johnstown diocese and later made a Prelate of Honor (Monsignor) by St. John Paul II.  Follow Gene Gomulka on YouTube or email him at msgr.investigations@gmail.com.

Excerpt from the 2017 documentary ““Sex Abuse in the Church: The Code of Silence.”

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