Let’s face it, sexual abuse of minors and infidelity to one’s promises to chastity be we married or celibate have always been a part of the sinful condition of mankind. It happened in the pre-Vatican II Church and it happens in heterodox and orthodox Catholic parishes/priests/laity.
But something insidious, arrogant and mind boggling happened with progressive/heterodox Catholicism beginning in the 1960’s. Vatican II’s spirit set into motion this ideology that we could make heaven on earth by unbridled mercy detached from penance and/or severe sentences.
Thus by the 1970’s bishops all around the world viewed sexual abuse and sexual misconduct simply as a sin that could be forgiven. This mercy was seen as the in-breaking of God’s kingdom. If scandal arose, that had to be hidden as scandal isn’t a part of the kingdom. So priests were moved about in the diocese from diocese to diocese and around the world.
The focus always seemed to be on the perpetrator not the victim or potential victims, much like prison ministry and opposition to life sentences and even the death penalty justly used. The perpetrator deserves no ultimate justice nor do the victims. The victims suffer!
Bishops thought psychiatry and spiritual counseling could save a priest and he needed to be given chance after chance to be saved, like an alcoholic in recovery who falls again and again.
Pope Francis exhibits this mentality in terms of his ideology of mercy. That is why he cuts such slack to bishops he has appointed who are miscreants He blames others for pointing out their faults uniting this defense can no longer hold water.
The same is true with ways being made to allow active adulterers to receive Holy Communion or any type of serial sin—mercy and accompaniment seem to rein not common sense and Christ-like teaching which calls for conversion and a firm purpose of amendment.
Earth and the world aren’t heaven. We are on a pilgrimage to heaven and the Second Coming. Until then may common sense and orthodox Catholicism find a new place in our broken-down Church!