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the pope’s hypocrisy is overshadowed by his fake-woke sound bites

August 27, 2018
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Absolute power corrupts absolutely. This is true even in seemingly righteous institutions like the Catholic church. Pope Francis has garnered much popularity for sharing views progressive for a man in his standing. The religious leader’s stance on gay marriage also seemed to be progressing as he stated, “They shouldn’t be marginalized. The tendency (to be homosexual) is not the problem. They are our brothers,” reported USA Today. The world started getting excited about the possibility of a Pope for the modern era – one that weighed in on the threat of global warming while also encouraging women to become more involved in the church but, like anyone who says what they need to say to protect the power and influence of a billion-dollar institution, this was all talk.

The Pope may talk a good game but the toxic doctrines that define the culture within the Catholic church seem to only be getting worse. It was recently reported by CNN that more than 300 hundred predator priests had been credibly accused of sexually abusing over a 1000 children in Pennsylvania. “Priests were raping little boys and girls, and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they hid it all. For decades. Monsignors, auxiliary bishops, bishops, archbishops, cardinals have mostly been protected; many, including some named in this report, have been promoted.” Instead of leaning into his new “Woke Pope” rhetoric, the leader became defensive, refusing to comment on the alleged abuse that numerous reports claim that he knew about. He even went as far as blaming journalists for “promoting an atmosphere of guilt” according to The Atlantic.

To add fuel to hellfire, on a recent trip to Ireland – a country that experiences a high rate of sexual scandals in the Catholic church – the Pope told reporters on a plane that homosexuality in children should not be ignored, but treated by psychiatry, much like a mental illness. “When it [homosexuality] shows itself from childhood, there is a lot that can be done through psychiatry, to see how things are. It is something else if it shows itself after 20 years,” reported France24. The comments received so much justified backlash that the psychiatry comments were removed when the Vatican later published the Pope’s remarks.

I cannot begin to articulate the kind of hypocrisy that needs to breed within the structures of the Vatican church for a rampant culture of sexual abuse in the Catholic church going unchecked while the Pope has the audacity to tell parents to treat their children’s’ homosexuality like a mental illness that needs attention in order to be eradicated. Perhaps the Catholic Church shouldn’t be telling anyone how to raise children they have so little regard for. Maybe tell parents how to raise their children when you are not protecting the men abusing them? How about that?