On Francis and the Pedophiles

I converted to Buddhism several years ago for a number of reasons, one of which was my growing disgust at how large and ugly the pedophile scandal truly was and how terribly mismanaged it had been by Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI. And yes, John Paul II played a large part in the scandal, whether by omission or commission.

All that being said, I could be won over (or rather won back) by Pope Francis under the following conditions: a.) a truth and reconciliation commission for all caught up in the pedophile abuse scandal that was as comprehensive as that in South Africa b.) all those involved in the cover up are defrocked and turned over to national or state authorities if statute of limitations are still in effect c.) all women who were enslaved by the church in Ireland are compensated and apologized to and finally d.) formal apologies and compensation for the victims of the pedophilia scandal. If Francis wants to be the greatest Pope ever, and he has a shot, the pedophile scandal must be dealt with fully and openly.

There must never be a repeat of this. The church must live up to its spiritual, moral and ethical values in all aspects. No more sexual abuse of boys and no more enslavement of girls in the Catholic Church, ever.

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