Date: September 12, 2018 07:48PM
Evidently worried about the revelations of abuse and coverup that have roiled the church in recent years, Pope Francis has just announced that he intends to convene a meeting of all the church bishops. It appears, however, that he is motivated less by concern about those who have suffered from the church's systemic ills than by a desire to preserve the church's reputation.
Yesterday, for example, he said, “it seems that the Great Accuser [Satan] has been unchained and is attacking bishops. True, we are all sinners, we bishops. [Satan] tries to uncover the sins, so they are visible, in order to scandalize the people." In other words, the problem is not the church's sins but the revelation of those sins and the alienation of "the people."
Frank goes on to suggest that the scandals are the work of a conspiracy among global elites. In his words, "The elites criticize the bishop; while the people have an attitude of love towards the bishop, . . . which confirms the bishop in his vocation.” So there you have it. The scandals are the result of an elite conspiracy to drive a wedge between the bishops and the members, who naturally love their church leaders.
Frank is not a reformer. What worries him is the damage the "elites" are doing to the church, not the damage that the abuse did to the children.https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/for-pope-francis-the-great-accuser-tries-to-uncover-bishops-sin-to-cause-scandal-98903