“As controversy continues to swirl around Pope Francis’ silence in the face of serious and far-reaching sexual abuse cover-up allegations, the pontiff said that Satan ‘tries to uncover’ bishops’ sins in order to ‘scandalize’ the faithful.
‘In these times, it seems like the ‘Great Accuser’ has been unchained and is attacking bishops,’ said Pope Francis in a homily today as reported by Vatican News. ‘True, we are all sinners, we bishops. He tries to uncover the sins, so they are visible in order to scandalize the people,’ he added.
Reaction came quickly to the Pope’s words, with many saying that it sounded like the Pope was suggesting that uncovering the sins of a bishop, such as abuse, was somehow the work of the devil.
‘Satan ‘tries to uncover the sins’ of McCarrick, etc. ‘so they are visible in order to scandalize the people,’ says Francis. Bear in mind, this is the exact same reasoning Cardinal Law used to justify protecting pedophile priests’ said the Catholic Herald’s U.S. editor, Michael Davis.”