Viganò Watch: Monday Second Edition

Pope Francis looks on during his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican 25 January (Pic Credit: Paul Haring of CNS)

What the Priest Scandal Is & Is Not About

. . .some people say that to focus on the homosexual nature of the crimes is unjust to the girls & women who were victims, & that in any case it is not to the point.  4 out of 5 of the victims in the whole scandal were male, & most of them were not little children, but adolescent boys & young men.  It may well be that a disproportionate number of homosexual men entered the seminary in order to hide their desires from themselves or from others, & that therefore we should not interpret that ratio too severely.  But the social stigma cuts in both directions.  If it raised the number of homosexual men who became priests, it also undoubtedly lowered the number of men who would ever admit to having engaged in homosexual relations.  If a boy is even half as likely as a girl to report that he has been molested by a man—almost always not by force but by enticement & invitation into indecency, so-called “grooming”—then the ratio is more like 8 males to 1 female, rather than the 4 to 1 ratio whereof we have hard evidence, & 4 to 1 is already staggering.  Perhaps it was 10 to 1, or 12.  We don’t know. . .

by Anthony M. Esolen, Ph.D.,

of Crisis Magazine

Australia Has Had Enough of Pope Francis – Mark via Twitter
Can Archbishop Viganò be Trusted? with Dr. Taylor Marshall – Taylor Marshall Ph.D.
Pope Francis Touts Virtue of Silence After Sex Abuse Cover-up Claims – AP via CBS News
Vatican Admits Kim Davis Meeting was both Private & Approved, Rosica Lies – NY Times
Layperson Yells “Shame on You” During Cardinal Wuerl’s Homily – CBS News via Twitter
Pope: Silence is the Best Response to People Lacking Good Will – CNS via Cthlc Herald
Time’s Up on Pope Francis Being Able to Handle Clergy Abuse Crisis – The Boston Globe
Viganò, Francis & McCarrick: Where Things Stand on Allegations – J.D. Flynn, NCRegister
Stonewalling Silence = Complicity With Sex Abuse – Rod Dreher, The American. . .
Reflections from the Ruins – James Patrick, The Catholic World Report
The Viganò Report & the Kim Davis Distraction – Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture
Attacking the Whistleblower: Abuse-enabling Culture Alive & Well in Vatican – Js. Shaw
Let’s Say Pope Francis Resigns, What Next? – Martin Bürger, One Peter 5
Journalist behind Vatileaks Affairs says Viganò is Credible – Elise Harris, Crux
14,000+ Women to Pope: “Your Words are Inadequate” – California Catholic Daily
Ex-Vatican Spokesmen Challenge Papal Accuser Over Davis Meeting – John Allen, Crux
Vatican Officials Keep Asking Journalists to Investigate Them, Do They Mean It? – J Duin
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