First we had the silence tactic. That proved a flat failure so now it is on to stopping the clock:
Pope Francis will summon the presidents of every bishops conference to a meeting in February to discuss preventing clergy sex abuse and protecting children, his advisers revealed Wednesday.
Go here to read the rest. This is an obvious attempt to buy time. It does not take six months to round up the presidents of the bishops’ conferences and get them to Rome. Pope Francis is hoping that announcing yet another dog and pony show in which he and other bishops and cardinals can emote and proclaim about how they really, really want to protect kids now, will take the heat off him. Not this time Holiness. As far as you are concerned the question is really simple: did you know that Cardinal McCarrick was a homosexual predator when you made him a high profile member of your pontificate? As for the larger issue, the Church needs action and not more worthless talk, and you are part of the problem and no part of the solution. On a personal note, PopeWatch had to sign those worthless papers yet again yesterday, signifying that PopeWatch understands it is wrong to abuse kids, in order to teach, gratis, fifth and sixth graders catechism. PopeWatch thought it was a fitting symbol for this whole bad farce. Predator priests and the bishops who protected them created this horrifying mess, and it is left to the laity to pay the price. At bottom what this situation is truly all about is that far too many of the clergy simply do not believe in Catholicism and are evil men playacting a role, all the while secretly laughing at Catholics who do believe the Truth of Christ.