“As sex abuse crises rock the Church in the United States, Honduras, and Chile, Pope Francis has decried the ’emergency’ of oceans being ‘littered by endless fields of floating plastic.’
The pontiff has refused to say whether he helped cover up ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s serial sex abuse. On Monday, he pushed silence as an appropriate response to those who ‘only seek scandal’ and ‘division.’
On Saturday, however, Pope Francis was far from silent about the ‘lack of effective regulation’ protecting ‘Sister Water’ from pollution…
On August 27, Chicago’s Cardinal Blase Cupich told a local NBC station that Pope Francis has a ‘bigger agenda’ than dealing with accusations he covered up sex abuse.
‘For the Holy Father, I think to get into each and every one of those aspects, in some way is inappropriate and secondly, the pope has a bigger agenda,’ Cupich told the television station. ‘He’s gotta get on with other things of talking about the environment and protecting migrants and carrying on the work of the Church. We’re not going to go down a rabbit hole on this.’…
Pope Francis ended his message on the ’emergency’ of littering by suggesting Christians pray for ‘all those who devote themselves to the apostolate of the sea, for those who help reflect on the issues involving maritime ecosystems, for those who contribute to the development and application of international regulations on the seas in order to safeguard individuals, countries, goods, natural resources – I think, for example, of marine fauna and flora, and coral reefs…or sea beds – and to guarantee an integral development in view of the common good of the entire human family and not particular interests.’
‘Finally, let us be concerned for the younger generation and pray for them, that they may grow in knowledge and respect for our common home and in the desire to care for the essential good of water, for the benefit of all,’ he said.
In his 11-page testimony on the Vatican’s cover-up of sex abuse, Archbishop Carlo Viganò named Cardinal Cupich and Newark’s Cardinal Joseph Tobin, two Francis-appointed cardinals who have endorsed Father James Martin’s pro-LGBT book Building a Bridge, as owing their rise to power to McCarrick.”