by Jack Watts
COMMON SENSE: Stories about sexual depravity in the priesthood continue to plague the Roman Catholic Church. The latest story involves the Pope.
An Argentine bishop close to Pope Francis took naked selfies, exhibited “obscene” behavior, and has been accused of misconduct with seminarians. Francis accepted Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta’s resignation in August 2017, after priests in the Argentine diocese of Oran complained about inappropriate behavior and sexual harassment of adult seminarians.
The Pope decided to allow Zanchetta to resign quietly. Then Francis promoted him to the No. 2 position in one of the Vatican’s most sensitive offices. Essentially, Francis turned a blind eye to Zanchetta’s misconduct.
How the Pope could do this is beyond me. The days of refusing to deal with rampant sexual misconduct in the church are over. Catholicism needs to deal with this problem by defrocking their legion of predator priests. Perhaps the best way to begin would be for Pope Francis to step down.