This is a developing story. In Geneva, there was a U.N. panel with representatives of the Holy See concerning clerical sexual abuse of children.
From what I can tell, this seems to have been a bit of a kangaroo court, though it is a court without legal authority. It seems to have been a “court” to court the court of public opinion.
I am listening at the moment to a BBC Radio discussion about this event/topic. They are pretty much beating up on “the Vatican” for not doing enough, much as certain people perpetually beat up Pius XII for “not doing enough”. In other words, there is no chance that “the Vatican” can ever do “enough” to satisfy people who are determine to tear at the Church.
As I listen to the BBC radio broadcast I hear language like “the Vatican is finally being forced to answer questions….”
The basic issue here is that some people want to hurt the entire Catholic Church because of the sinful crimes of individual priests or mishandling of cases in individual dioceses. The idea: a priest committed a crime, therefore, try to sue “the Vatican”.
To a certain extent, the populism of Pope Francis had turned the page on this controversial topic. However, I suspect that there will not be a strong attempt to revive this in the MSM, Francis’ popularity notwithstanding.
At this moment I am listening LIVE GMT 18:38 EST 13:38 – angry liberal dissident Irishman and SNAP involved. Let’s beat up the Church!
I should mention that a producer of the BBC Radio program… programme… reached out to me to be on, but I couldn’t do it. Probably for the best.
– loony Irish guy dragging it off topic
– SNAP lady is attacking Bp. Finn
– a smart woman (don’t know her name) is doing a good job defending reality
– a priest, Irish-born, from South Africa is on: trahison des clercs comes to mind
– picking on prelates in England for not being available to talk (at the drop of a hat)
– SNAP still sharpening claws on the Church (I don’t believe that SNAP is really interested in protecting children: they’ve moved on to revenge)
Here is a some of the audio. I didn’t get in at the beginning of the broadcast, so you enter abruptly in medias res. I got over a half hour of the program… programme.