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Clericalism at root of abuse scandals in Church, pope told Jesuits in Ireland :: EWTN News


Sep 14, 2018 12:05 PM 5+ mon ago

Pope Francis told a group of Jesuits during his visit to Dublin last month that elitism and clericalism in the Church are a cause of the abuse scandals in places such as the United States and Ireland. �There is something I have understood with great clarity,� he said. �This drama of abuse, especially when it is widespread and gives great scandal � think of Chile, here in Ireland or in the United States � has behind it a Church that is elitist and clericalist, an inability to be near to the people of God.� During his visit to Ireland last month, Pope Francis continued his tradition of stopping to meet with local Jesuits during a papal trip. The Aug. 25 meeting was closed to media, but the pope�s remarks were published by the Jesuit-run journal La Civilta Cattolica Sept. 13. Speaking to a group of 63 Jesuits, mostly from Ireland, the pope said, �Elitism, clericalism fosters every form of abuse.� He asked for their help in putting an end to abuse, explaining that he meant more than to �simply turn the page.� �Seek out a cure, reparation, all that is necessary to heal the wounds and give life back to so many people,� he said. Francis went on to say that he believes �sexual abuse is not the first [abuse],� but that �the first abuse is of power and conscience. I ask you to help with this. Courage! Be courageous!� Asked about concrete actions they could take against abuse, he said, �we have to denounce the cases we know about� and reiterated that �sexual abuse is the consequence of abuse of power and of conscience.� Equating authoritarianism and clericalism, he asked, �who among us does not know an authoritarian bishop? Forever in the Church there have been authoritarian bishops and religious superiors.� He emphasized Read more.

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