Here is something curious.
The Holy Father meets with his new Gang of 8, the cardinalatial kitchen cabinet, for – what? – 3 days? Did I get that right?
Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, the papal spokesman said that during the meetings of the Gang of 8 the issue of clerical sexual abuse did not come up.
I find this fascinating.
Think about this.
Had Benedict XVI had a Gang of X, and had the papal spokesman said that the topic of clerical sexual abuse was not discussed by them with Benedict, the MSM would have thrown a grand mal spittle-flecked nutty.
Pope Francis has – so far – successfully refocused the world’s attention elsewhere.
Also, be careful. Don’t conflate discussion of possible regional tribunals that took place during the recent consistory with the 3-day discussions of the Gang of 8. Moreover, there will – of course – be local news coverage of clerical sexual abuse when and if new cases arise. For example, I’ve been watching with consternation another break-out in my native place of St. Paul and Minneapolis. But, that’s not the point.
Francis and the Gang did not address this issue and there is no liberal outrage, not even from the usual suspects of the catholic Left.
I guess this is no longer a burning issue.