2015 Letter Belies Pope’s Claim of Ignorance

Pope Francis received a victim’s letter in 2015 that graphically detailed how a priest sexually abused him and how other Chilean clergy ignored it, contradicting the pope’s recent insistence that no victims had come forward to denounce the cover-up, the letter’s author and members of Francis’ own sex- abuse commission have told The Associated Press.

The fact that Francis received the eight-page letter, obtained by the AP, challenges his insistence that he has “zero tolerance” for sex abuse and cover-ups. It also calls into question his stated empathy with abuse survivors, compounding the most serious crisis of his five-year papacy.

But members of the pope’s Commission for the Protection of Minors say that in April 2015, they sent a delegation to Rome specifically to hand-deliver a letter to the pope about Barros. The letter from Juan Carlos Cruz detailed the abuse, kissing and fondling he says he suffered at Karadima’s hands, which he said Barros and others saw but did nothing to stop.

Four members of the commission met with Francis’ top abuse adviser, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, explained their concerns about Francis’ recent appointment of Barros as a bishop in southern Chile, and gave him the letter to deliver to Francis.

“When we gave him (O’Malley) the letter for the pope, he assured us he would give it to the pope and speak of the concerns,” then-commission member Marie Collins told the AP. “And at a later date, he assured us that that had been done.”

Cruz, who now lives and works in Philadelphia, heard the same later that year.

“Cardinal O’Malley called me after the pope’s visit here in Philadelphia and he told me, among other things, that he had given the letter to the pope — in his hands,” he said in an interview at his home Sunday.

Neither the Vatican nor O’Malley responded to multiple requests for comment.

Read more at AP News

A Weapon for Our Current Times

Rev. Canon Huberfeld homily on the Feast of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary. For additional homilies by Re. Huberfeld, visit http://www.institute-christ-king.org/…

What is Modernism?

From the series entitled Scandal in the Church: A Series of Homilies by Fr. Daniel Nolan, FSSP.

  1. Scandal in the Church, Aug. 12, 2018 Download
  2. Scandal in the Church, Part 2. Aug. 15, 2018 Download
  3. Abuse Statistics in the Church, Sept. 2, 2018 Download
  4. The Turn, Sept. 3, 2018 Download
  5. By Their Fruits, Sept. 4, 2018 Download
  6. What is Modernism?, Sept. 5, 2018 Download
  7. Foundations of Modernism, Sept. 6, 2018 Download
  8. Effects of Modernism, Part 1 Download
  9. Effects of Modernism, Part 2 Download

The Anti-Church Has Come, But Don’t Be Afraid

This address was given by Fr Linus Clovis, spiritual director to Family Life International, on 18 May 2017 at the fourth annual Rome Life Forum, which is organized by Voice of the Family.