This is a story that sounds like parody but sadly, it’s true. A child sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church is breaking all over the world and Pope Francis is not addressing it. He’s too busy talking about climate change and the threat of plastic waste.
No, really: Pope Francis is finally addressing … the crusade to ban plastic straws
In the wake of a grand jury report in Pennsylvania that found that more than 300 clergy members had been accused of sexually abusing more than 1,000 children, The New York Times and Reuters both offered up hot “conservatives pounce” headlines in what looked like an effort to shield Pope Francis from criticism.
Remember when Cardinal Blase Cupich actually imitated the parody site The Babylon Bee by arguing that the pope “has to get on with other things, of talking about the environment and protecting migrants and carrying on the work of the church”?
He wasn’t kidding.
Pope Francis has issued a call to clear up oceans threatened by plastic waste and underscored the need to provide drinking water to all as a basic right https://t.co/eDI4C3olTq
— AFP news agency (@AFP) September 1, 2018
Here are some Twitter reactions:
Let’s have a clean up of the Catholic Church first please.
— Muhammad Shoaib (@MrMShoaib) September 1, 2018
He should worry about cleaning up the filth in the church before worrying about the plastic.
— I Got News For You (@gotnews4you) September 1, 2018
It would be lovely if he would care about young children who are being molested.
— BackStageBarbie (@barbiebackstage) September 1, 2018
He should concern himself more with the clear and present danger of pedophile priests. A situation that demands his immediate attention.
— _theOutpost_ (@_theOutpost_) September 1, 2018
It’s stunning how badly the Vatican is handling this crisis.