The abuse crisis is primarily a function of the clericalism of the pope and the college of bishops in union with the pope. And not just today's pope and bishops but popes and bishops in general. It is the arrogance of being more concerned with priest abusers, the arrogance of trying to forgive, heal and most egregiously of reintegrating into ministry those guilty of harming the young.
When Pope Francis or any bishop tries to make equal the suffering or victimization of innocent priests in being stereotyped with the perverted priests, this shows a callousness to those who were abused and often in horrific ways and by a "God" figure which compounds the physical, spiritual and mental harm.
When there is zero tolerance of bishops who put priests before victims or potential victims and the pope who alone can mandate this by being a doctor of canon law and then backing up law with swift action toward offending bishops, we will be on the right track.
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