Vatican Power Struggle Bursts Into Open as Conservatives Pounce…


Date: August 29, 2018

01) Vatican Power Struggle Bursts Into Open as Conservatives Pounce

“ROME — Since the start of his papacy, Francis has infuriated Catholic traditionalists as he tries to nurture a more welcoming church and shift it away from culture war issues, whether abortion or homosexuality. “Who am I to judge?” the pope famously said, when asked about gay priests.

Just how angry his political and doctrinal enemies are became clear this weekend, when a caustic letter published by the Vatican’s former top diplomat in the United States blamed a “homosexual current” in the Vatican hierarchy for sexual abuse. It called for Francis’ resignation, accusing him of covering up for a disgraced cardinal, Theodore E. McCarrick.

With the letter — released in the middle of the pope’s visit to Ireland — an ideologically motivated opposition has weaponized the church’s sex abuse crisis to threaten not only Francis’ agenda but his entire papacy. At the very least, it has returned the issue of homosexuality in the Roman Catholic Church, which many conservatives are convinced lies behind the abuse crisis, to the center of debate.

Vatican intrigues and power struggles are nothing new, but they usually remain within the medieval walls or fly over the heads of the Catholic faithful around the globe.

This battle, however, is being waged in an exceptionally open and brutal manner. It is fueled by a modern media age, the pope’s reluctance to silence critics, and an issue — child sexual abuse — that perhaps more than any other has prompted defections among the faithful.”

1 thought on “Vatican Power Struggle Bursts Into Open as Conservatives Pounce…

  1. Kindly

    I see no evidence that abuse has caused defections among the faithful. If anything, it has been the resulting EXPENSE which has forced people into other denominations. And these times also include a strong individualist current, tending toward a more personal and direct “relationship” with Jesus, bypassing administrations such as the Catholic church.

    While there has been abuse (certainly not limited in any way to the Catholic church, nor to religion generally) I think it’s rather plain that a good portion of things called “abuse” have been consensual sex between gay boys and gay priests, in the shame-filled context of a church whose hierarchy still opposes gay sex, and indeed sex outside of marriage.

    Those officials inside the church willing to use the secular laws and sentiment to take down their own pope must surely realize that doing so will effectively end their church as such, and the first estate entirely. Matthew 15:9, Matthew 22:21, Acts 5:29.

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