- Cindy Wooden
- Sep 13, 2018
Sexual and physical abuse by priests and religious and the scandal of its cover-up by Church authorities thrive in countries where the Catholic Church is “elitist and clericalist,” Pope Francis told Jesuits in Ireland in August.
Speaking of his recent visit to Ireland, Pope Francis said the trip was a mixed bag in which he came face to face with both the joy exuded by families of all ages who turned out for the papal events and the pain of those impacted by the abuses perpetrated by the Catholic Church in the country.
Despite generations of poverty and prejudice from both the government and ordinary Irish citizens, the faith of the itinerant Irish Traveller community today is strong, say local Catholic leaders.
The abuse scandals meant Pope Francis had to walk a tightrope during his Aug. 25-26 trip to Ireland.
A prominent American theologian who’s criticized Pope Francis for sowing “confusion” says that ferment over LGBT issues caused the World Meeting of Families in Dublin to lose its focus.
In terms of winners, both Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin and Irish Primer Minister Leo Varadkar probably saw their stock rise due to the pope’s 32-hour swing in Ireland.