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Cdl. O'Malley: Francis's Panel reducing "Punishment of [Abusing] Priests... 'will cause a Scandal'"

The Wall Street Journal reported that one of the Pope's closest advisers C9 Cardinal Sean O'Malley accused Pope Francis of causing "a scandal":

"O'Malley, the Journal reported, met with top aides to Francis in 2017, concern that... an appeals panel set up by the pontiff had reduced the punishment of priests found guilty of abusing minors."

"'If this gets out, it will cause a scandal,' the Journal quoted O'Malley as telling Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's secretary of state, and other Vatican officials."
(Boston Globe, "Cardinal O'Malley and Pope Francis had disagreements over clergy abuse crisis, report says," February 15, 2019)

The Journal article, also, reported that Francis never created a supposedly O'Malley inspired "special tribunal to try bishops who ignore or cover up abuse."

Moreover, the article recounted that O'Malley said "I really don't know the answer" to why Francis never created the proposed tribunal to try cover-up bishops.

It appears unbelievable to accept the theory that O'Malley doesn't know that Francis couldn't create a tribunal to try cover-up bishops because his inner circle is greatly composed of cover-up bishops.

For example, Francis's longtime spiritual son Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta was recently exposed by a AP exclusive as a allegedly sex abusing bishop.

It is well-known by everyone including O'Malley that there is a long list of close collaborators of Francis from his closest adviser Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga called the vice-pope to his Vatican top doctrine chief Luis Ladaria Ferrer who are accused of sex abuse cover-up.

It is disingenuous to dishonest for O'Malley to claim he doesn't know why Francis didn't create the tribunal to try cover-up bishops especially since he acknowledged that Francis's panel reducing "punishment of [abusing] priests... will cause a scandal."

Pray an Our Father now for the restoration of the Church.

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