There was little evidence of a widespread furious reaction to the arrogance and dissembling that Vatican representatives exhibited when confronted with crimes so enormous in their reach and depravity that they’re almost incomprehensible.
Then a cleric was caught red handed in Rome trying to launder millions of pounds in “false donations” through the Vatican bank.
In the USA, the Archdiocese of Chicago has released thousands of pages of documents that reveal how its hierarchy routinely covered up child sex abuse and shuffled abusing priests from one diocese to another. The scale of it beggars the imagination
But no one seems to want to know about it. Catholics are, reportedly, rushing back to church, pouring money into its coffers again and feeling generally quite good about things now that they’ve got Pope Francis.
Ah yes, the smiling old granddad who is so good at making platitudes sound important and staging stunts that draw attention away from real issues.
Why are Catholics so easily seduced by this man? Why have they suddenly lost their concerns about child abuse, attacks on abortion rights, bans on contraception and Vatican gay-bashing? Do they really still think that he is going to do anything about any of the issues that appalled them when the previous Pope was on the throne?
Well, according to one writer – they never cared about those issues in the first place.