WITH SO MANY CORRECTIONS OF POPE FRANCIS BY CARDINALS AND BISHOPS WITH CARDINAL O'MALLEY'S CORRECTION THE ONLY ONE HEEDED BY POPE FRANCIS IS POPE FRANCIS GOING TO JOIN THE DISGRACED CHILEAN BISHOPS?
His Holiness said the problem is not isolated, but everyone is responsible, “I being the first,” and that no one can be exempted by “moving the problem onto the backs of others.”
Damning timeline of Pope Francis' wrong headedness and embrace of Cardinal O'MALLEY'S correction:
Pope Francis visits Chile on the first part of a foreign trip before heading on to Peru.
During the visit, demonstrators appear at several of the pope's events to protest his 2015 appointment of Bishop Juan Barros Madrid, who survivors say was present in the 1980s and 90s as a priest to witness some of the actions of notorious abuser Fr. Fernando Karadima.
In an exchange with a group of journalists before one event, Francis calls the charges against Barros "calumny.
Boston's Cardinal Sean O'Malley, a member of the Council of Cardinals and the head of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, releases a statement acknowledging that Francis' defense of Barros was "a source of great pain" for abuse survivors.
The cardinal says expressions of doubt about survivors' testimony "abandon those who have suffered reprehensible criminal violations of their human dignity."
In a press conference on the way home to Rome from Chile, the pope again calls the charges against Barros "calumny." He repeatedly insists there is no evidence tying Barros to Karadima, despite public testimony of at least three abuse survivors.
Vatican City, May 15, 2018 / 12:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At the end of his morning homily Tuesday, Pope Francis asked Catholics to pray for priests, bishops, and the pope, who he said, must learn to leave their posts when it becomes necessary.
Preaching May 15 at the Vatican’s Santa Marta Residence, the pope noted that St. Paul, who was “compelled by the Holy Spirit” to leave Ephesus and journey to Jerusalem, “shows us the pathway for every bishop when it’s time to take his leave and step down.”
“When I read this, I think about myself,” Pope Francis said, “because I am a bishop and I must take my leave and step down.”
“I am thinking of all bishops,” the pope continued. “May the Lord grant all of us the grace to be able to take our leave and step down in this way [like Paul], with that spirit, with that strength, with that love for Jesus Christ and this faith in the Holy Spirit.”
“All pastors must take our leave. There comes a moment where the Lord tells us: go somewhere else, go there, go this way, come to me. And one of the steps a pastor must do is to prepare himself to take good leave, not to leave halfway," he added.
Pastors, he said, must learn to say goodbye, purifying their bonds with the Church “for the cross of Jesus.”
Pope Francis has previously hinted at the possibility that he might resign, saying in 2015 that the Catholic Church should not have “leaders for life,” and noting in 2014 that Pope Benedict XVI’s 2013 resignation “cleared a path” for future papal resignations.
During his homily, Francis also said that St. Paul was uncompromising in ministry, saying that service without compromise is essential for pastors wishing to find peace. He said that such uncompromising service is the result of humility, saying that pastors and bishops must remember that they are not “the center of history.”
The pope also praised St. Paul’s dependence on Divine Providence, which he said is “a witness, as well as an announcement and a challenge.”