The next time someone tells you that “Pope Francis is different” when it comes to child sexual abuse, invite that person to think about this:
If you steal a few Vatican documents and expose corruption, you WILL go to Vatican jail.
From today’s LA Times
The books, both by Italian journalists, are based on leaks from the Vatican and follow the arrests over the weekend of a Spanish priest and an Italian public relations consultant suspected of supplying the authors with stolen documents.
Father Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda, 54, remains in jail at the Vatican, but consultant Francesca Chaouqui, 33, was released after her arrest by Vatican police.
BUT – If you sexually abuse children or cover up abuse, you will NOT go to the Vatican hoosegow. But the Vatican will put aside money to “accelerate things.”
Father Lombardi said the tribunal would also examine some of the abuse cases perpetrated by clergy members that were “still pending” at the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith. “They are still very numerous and have accumulated,” he said. The tribunal will “accelerate” matters, he said, noting that money had been set aside to bolster the new section.
If Francis truly wanted to punish child sex abusers or their enablers, he would. But he won’t.
The arrests and jailing of Balda and Chaouqui proves that the Vatican is doing little more than providing “lip service” to victims and Catholics who want accountability. That is totally unacceptable.