The Pope Francis mythology that he is somehow "different" is hogwash. He has allowed the perp priests, cardinals and bishops to keep playing three-card monte, shifting the criminals around and hiding them. He is just like the old guy, and the old guy before that. This galling, illegal garbage must be put to a stop by American law enforcement. Stop tiptoeing around churches, officer/detective. Arrest these bums and throw 'em in jail. Here's the article from the New York Times.
It is time to call all religions out on this, and the Roman Catholic Church should be the first . A fish rots from the head down, the present Pope and all his predecessors have known, condoned and covered up the crimes committed by their clergy for decades, probably even centuries. I can’t believe this just started in the middle of the twentieth century. When will governments, not just in the USA but in all the other countries where there is an overwhelming weight of evidence, start to bring prosecutions againt the institution and not just a few priests here and there. The perpetrators were not just shielded but moved around from diocese to diocese and then to a different State or County, then shipped overseas to another country. This is a colossal conspiracy perpetrated by the church across all borders and countries and it is a disgrace that governments have not taken action,
Yes, only secular law can stop them. The Roman Catholic Church has used the confessional as a front to avoid taking crime to law. The Jehovah's Witness have used the two-witness rule to the same effect (Deuteronomy 19:15; Matthew 18:15-17). While the spirit of law is the pursuit of justice, church law is used to subvert it. But I think (and hope) their time is up.