The utter venality of the Roman Catholic Church really hasn't changed at all over the centuries.
ROME—Pope Francis told a gathering of bishops from around the world that the Catholic Church is being persecuted through accusations—an apparent allusion to clerical sex-abuse scandals that have undermined the credibility of the papacy and church hierarchy over the course of this year.
Addressing the closing session of a synod of bishops at the Vatican on Saturday, the pope repeated warnings he has made in recent weeks against the “Great Accuser,” or the devil, who “in this moment is accusing us strongly, and this accusation becomes persecution,” and who seeks to “soil the church.”
“This is the moment to defend our mother” the church, said the pope, in remarks unlikely to mollify critics who say he has failed to recognize the hierarchy’s responsibility for the abuse crisis. “The accuser is attacking our mother through us, and no one touches our mother.”What the people are demanding Mr. Pope, is that the Church start defending its parishioners and it's youngest and most vulnerable parishioners as it would defend mother Church. You have done a horrible job at this for centuries and your blindness to this is almost biblical in its breadth and depth. When you say "no one touches our mother," we mean for you to make it the rule that none of you touches our children. Ever.
You need to wake up and smell the coffee. It's been on the boil here for decades.