Pope Francis struck again in an interview with his now well known foot in mouth disorder, and once again the helpertons and splainers have trotted out to state that the pope was misquoted.
About 2% of Roman Catholic clerics are sexual abusers, an Italian newspaper on Sunday quoted Pope Francis as saying, adding that the pontiff considered the crime “a leprosy in our house”. What!?
The article was a reconstruction of an hour-long conversation between the pope and the newspaper’s founder, Eugenio Scalfari, an atheist who has written about several past encounters with the pope.
“Many of my collaborators who fight with me (against pedophilia) reassure me with reliable statistics that say that the level of paedophilia in the Church is at about two percent,” Francis was quoted as saying.
“This data should hearten me but I have to tell you that it does not hearten me at all. In fact, I think that it is very grave,” he was quoted as saying.
Pope Francis went on to say that, while most pedophilia took place in family situations, “even we have this leprosy in our house”. So, now we throw lepers under the bus, even though Christ healed many of them and instructed us not to treat them as, well, lepers. How insensitive and un-Vatican II for the Pope to diss lepers. ESH wonders what St Damien thinks, and the 1000s of lepers he ministered to in the Hawaiian islands?
ESH apologizes to lepers everywhere for this crass remark, equating a form of demratological tuberculosis and the voluntary act of the will (in most cases) of perverts seeking sodomite pleasures with an underage child. Let us pray lepers everywhere will forgive Francis once he commences on a worldwide apology tour.
But no apologies for the indifferentist meeting with Jews and Mohammedans in Rome recently!