Church credibility in focus as Pope heads for Latin America

Church credibility in focus as Pope heads for Latin America

By Philip Pullella, January 16, 2018, Reuters

In Chile, where the Argentine pope arrives on Monday night, Catholics have planned daily protests against his 2015 appointment of Bishop Juan Barros to head the small diocese of Osorno, a small city south of the Chilean capital.

Barros has been accused of  . . . 

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  • John Nesbella
    commented 2018-01-16 11:51:46 -0600
    To the Pope and Leaders of the Roman Catholic Church:

    If you want to restore credibility to your church and its leaders do all of the following:

    1. Defrock all sexual molesters priests and bishops who covered up for them.
    2. Turn-in all the above to the civil authorities for criminal punishment
    3. Make financial reparation to all the survivors of sexual abuse by priests and take responsibility for their continuing care.
    4. Change all church laws (Canon Law) requiring secrecy when dealing with sexual offender priests.
    5. Change all church law so that the sexual abuse of children by priests and any bishop, cardinal, or Pope OR any clergy who covers it up is
    immediately defrocked and turned over to civil authorities. No exceptions
    6. Since the church and its leaders have proven themselves unable and incompetent-the church shall no longer deal with any sexual abuse
    claims in-house but immediately turn them over to civil authorities.