Flashback: Might All Francis Apologists like Mark Shea be Complicit in Francis's Sex Abuse Cover-ups?
Francis apologist Mark Shea in his October 10 post "Msgr. Eric Barr on
the Rad Trad Heresy" endorsed Francis's heretical teaching on "mercy."
Msgr. Barr in his piece "Francis: The Pope We Need" actually said something true:
"Papal Emphasis on Mercy is The Root of Criticism of Pope."
Indeed, Francis's teaching on "mercy" is one of his central heresies which has apparently led to the Francis sex abuse cover-ups. But, before we get to that teaching we need to understand why Shea and Barr might think:
"Francis: The Pope We Need."
The following comes from a website which discloses little known information about Barr and the Campobello sex abuse scandal:
-"The teacher said the diocese's team already knew many of the details about the relationship between Girl One and Campobello. The teacher asked if they knew about the second victim at Aurora Central, to which they replied, "that's been dealt with", she said." - the Daily Herald, June 23, 2004 (regarding a meeting at the St. Peter rectory in October 2002 with Rockford Misconduct Officer Msgr. David Kagan, Vicar for Clergy and Religious Msgr. Eric Barr, Diocesan attorney Ellen Lynch and a St. Peter school teacher with whom one of the victims confided. When Campobello was arrested in December 2002, he was working as a parochial minister in Belvidere, Illinois)...
... "Some may conclude that we are hiding things. But we are not. We are protecting the right of the Church to have independence from the state as guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution." - Rockford Diocese Vicar for Clergy Msgr. Eric Barr, 2003
"I don't think that the 1st Amendment was written to shelter alleged child molesters." -John Kass, Chicago Tribune column, January 15, 2004.
"Merely because Canon 489 is controlling the internal operation of the affairs of the church does not mean that it permits evidence pertaining to sexual molestation of children by priests to be secreted and shielded from discovery that is otherwise proper." - 2nd District Appellate Court of Illinois in a ruling on the Campobello case, May 2004.
(Interesting Website Regarding the Diocese, the Campobello Scandal and his parish--St. Peter’s in Geneva The following is taken from: http://www.companionsinhope.com/Geneva/good,bad,ugly.htm)
As Barr appears, according to the Chicago Tribune, to agree with Francis on covering up sex abuse, it appears that Shea agrees with Francis on homosexual civil unions. Shea said:
"Of course it won't. We're not the Anglican Church. I do think the Church, having fought a long rear guard retreat against civil unions, will probably throw in the towel on that."
On September 1, 2017, Crux reported that Francis supported Shea's call for a "retreat" on "legalization of evil" homosexual civil unions saying:
"Let's call unions between the same sex 'civil unions.'"
(Crux, "'I consulted a psychoanalyst,' Pope Francis reveals in new book," September 1, 2017)
The gay/lesbian dissenting New Ways Ministry said:
"Pope Francis has never, as pontiff, stated his endorsement of civil unions so flatly. (He did support civil unions as a compromise to his opposition towards marriage equality... As pontiff, he did make a ambiguous statement about civil unions...)."
(New Way Ministry Bondings 2.0 Blog, "Pope Francis Allows for Civil Unions for Lesbian and Gay Couples," September 2, 2017)
The gay movement New Way Ministry endorsed Francis's apparent endorsement of the civil unions of cohabiting homosexual couples.
On June 3, 2003 the then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, head of the Congregation for the Faith, said such an endorsement was against Catholic teaching:
"Those who would move from tolerance to the legitimatization of specific rights for cohabiting homosexual persons need to be reminded that the approval or legalization of evil is something far different from the toleration of evil... The Church teaches that respect for homosexual persons cannot lead in any way to approval of homosexual behavior or to legal recognition of homosexual unions."
(Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, "Considerations Regarding Proposals to give Legal Recognition to Unions between Homosexual Persons," June 3, 2003)
Homosexualist Shea apparently disagrees with the then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger teaching that gay civil unions are "legalization of evil" it appears because of his belief in Francis "mercy."
Do Shea and Barr because of their conviction in Francis "mercy" "think that the 1st Amendment was written to shelter alleged child molesters" according to John Kass in his Chicago Tribune column's perspective on the Barr 1st Amendment statement?
Both appears to think that their support of such "thinking" is rooted in the Francis teachings on "mercy." Remember Barr said:
"Papal Emphasis on Mercy is The Root of Criticism of Pope."
Is the Shea/Barr support of Francis "mercy" really connected to the sex abuse scandal and "legalization of evil"?
In 2017, the Associated Press revealed that Francis reversed the decision of Pope Benedict XVI to kick pedophiles out of the priesthood.
Francis is now reinstating sex abusers back into priesthood. The AP wrote that Francis "recently" said:
"[H]e believed sex abusers suffer from a 'disease' - a medical term used by defense la wyers to seek mitigating factors in canonical sentences."[https://cruxnow.com/global-church/2017/02/25/pope-quietly-trims-sanctions-sex-abusers-seeking-mercy/]
Abuse victim Marie Collins, a founding member of Francis’ sex-abuse advisory commission, apparently responding to the Pope's claim that sex abusing priests are "diseased" psychologically and not responsible for their crimes or sins, said:
"All who abuse have made a conscious decision to do so. Even those who are paedophiles, experts will tell you, are still responsible for their actions. They can resist their inclinations...
"While mercy is important, justice for all parties is equally important. If there is seen to be any weakness about proper penalties, then it might well send the wrong message to those who would abuse."[http://metro.co.uk/2017/02/26/pope-francis-reversed-decisions-to-kick-paedophiles-out-of-the-priesthood-6473481/#ixzz4ZpmwUPVe]
Vatican spokesman Greg Burke told AP that "Francis’s emphasis on mercy applied to 'even those who are guilty of heinous crimes."