|Before we get carried away . . .
||[Jun. 22nd, 2015|02:57 pm]
Phrembah (a potato-like mystery)
I'm glad for whatever openness and humility Francis has brought to the Papacy, but my two biggest disappointments are:
1) Failure to blow the doors off the child abuse scandals the church has been involved in. It should be church policy, upon learning of sexual crimes or indiscretions, to excommunicate the perps on the spot and turn all of the church's records concerning the incidents over to the civil authorities, and to be just as hard on those covering up child abuse as those actually committing the acts. The church is still fighting discovery in the courts of multiple countries to keep what they know secret. That's unacceptable. Francis, and the Vatican in general, should have a zero-tolerance policy toward child abuse, as should any organization, religious, secular or otherwise. If they lose half of their priests, bishops and cardinals, so be it. Maybe they need to look into allowing the clergy to marry. They would probably attract a whole different type and caliber of people to those jobs if they did.
2) Unbending stiffneckedness on birth control. I'm not saying he should endorse abortion; that will never happen and I'm not saying it should. But the use of condoms to reduce unwanted births and crippling/fatal diseases needs to promoted, not banned. The church, and humanity in general, could do more to relieve human suffering by teaching contraception and disease prevention--and providing the means to practice it--than practically anything else. GENTLY, voluntarily reducing the population of some of the worlds most overpopulated/underfed regions not only results in fewer mouths to feed , but healthier people more capable of caring for themselves and their families.
Until Francis addresses these issues head on, he doesn't deserve to go for pizza with his buddies.