ANDThe Vatican will hold a meeting in two weeks with all the presidents of the episcopal conferences of the world to address the issue of child abuse. It is becoming clear, however, that it will not be enough to tackle the biggest crisis the Church is going through in recent years. Beyond the hundreds of cases that come to Rome, the Pope now also has on the table the historical problem of abuses of nuns by priests and bishops. If he was not clear yet, he was reminded this week by a hard editorial of the women's magazine that publishes L'Osservatore Romano, the newspaper of the Holy See that Francisco reads every morning. "It's not something everyone does, but there are priests and bishops who did it, and still do," he admitted on the return flight of his trip to the United Arab Emirates.
The Pope wanted to frame the problem (as he usually does on the subject of abuses) in a historical context also outside the Church. "The mistreatment of women is a problem. I would say that humanity has not matured yet. The woman is second class, "he said. But the argument is difficult to sustain, coming from the highest authority of an institution that has systematically marginalized women, relegated them to posts of service and impeded their promotion to positions of command in the Roman curia. In no place or constitution is it written that the Pope could not do it if he wished, but nothing has been done to remedy it during this pontificate, As already denounced the director of the supplement of L'Osservatore Romano, Lucetta Scaraffia, in an article for this newspaper.
New cases have come to light all over the world. Even an official of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith resigned last week accused by an exmonja of having tried to kiss her during a confession. "I'm glad we're working on this. Some priests have been set aside for it and I do not know if the process is finished, but also closing some female congregations corrupted by this [este tipo de casos]. I can not say 'in my house it does not happen'. It is true. Do we have to do even more? Yes. Do we have the will? Yes. But it's a path that has been going on for some time. "
Time, however, begins to press in the midst of a crisis that strongly threatens this pontificate. Francisco justifies that "way" with the slow but fruitful work (according to his opinion) carried out by his predecessor. "Benedict XVI had the courage to close a female order that had a certain level of this enslavement of women, sexual slavery, on the part of priests, and sometimes of the founders, that deprive women of their freedom. He was a man who had the courage to do a lot on this subject. "
Francisco pulled an unidentified anecdote, but with a strong resemblance to what happened in a congregation of French nuns, to explain the resistance that often exists in investigations of this type. "Ratzinger [cuando era el prefecto para la Doctrina de la Fe] I had all the papers on a religious order in which there was sexual and economic corruption, but there were filters … And the Pope [entonces Juan Pablo II] He organized a meeting wanting to know the truth. Ratzinger went with all those papers, but when the meeting was over, he went back and told his secretary to keep everything in the file because 'I had won the other side!' But we can not be shocked by this. It is part of a process. But then, when he was Pope, the first thing he did was ask to bring the things from the archive and he started to work on it. The folklore about Benedict paints it as more good than a piece of bread. And it's good, but they make it look weak. And of weak has nothing. He has been a strong, consistent man. It was he who started with this theme "·.