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Pope Francis normally won’t stop talking. He’s picked a funny time to go silent
by Becket Adams
| August 30, 2018 01:08 PM
For a guy who loves to talk, Pope Francis sure has picked a funny time to be silent.
The Holy Father dodged questions this weekend about an 11-page document alleging he knowingly enabled and empowered sexual predators in the Catholic Church. The New York Times weirdly characterized the pope’s non-response as taking “ the high road,” but it’s hard to reconcile this description with the role Francis is supposed to play for the Catholic faithful around the world.
Pope Francis’ non-response this weekend is especially frustrating, considering his penchant for sloppily expressed public positions that routinely lead to misleading and poorly informed news cycles. When it comes to climate change, immigration reform, priestly celibacy, same-sex marriage, weapons manufacturers, etc., Francis is often willing to rush in, as critics might put it, without too much circumspection.
In fact, in the very same press conference this weekend where he refused to comment on the Vigano letter , Francis was quick to answer a question about what parents should do should they learn their child is gay.