As I write this, the US bishops are meeting in Baltimore. On their agenda was the clergy and episcopal sex abuse scandal that continues to plague the Church. However, just as they were convening, word came from Pope Francis that they are to put any action on this crucial matter in abeyance. Ostensibly he wants to convene a meeting of the world's heads of bishops' conferences.
Many are disgusted, understanding this to be one more manifestation of the pope's disregard for the concerns of faithful Catholics regarding the sex abuse, many of those Catholics being personally impacted by the same. The link above explores the matter in greater detail.
I wrote a few days ago how the USCCB sicced the Baltimore City Police on Church Militant on account of the prayer rally they spearheaded. A similar thing happened in front of the Vatican Embassy in Washington DC today. A group of faithful Catholics gathered to petition Pope Francis to appoint a faithful bishop, such as Cardinal Burke, to take the episcopacy recently vacated by Cardinal Wuerl. For their holding of signs in front of the embassy, the Vatican staff there called the Secret Service on them. Perhaps the Vatican staff is unaware of the First Amendment in the United States. Unless I'm wrong, I don't believe the Secret Service interfered in any significant manner.
What insults to the Faith and faithful Catholics will be coming from the Vatican these next few days?
Note: Thank you to my alert readers for pointing out my typo. It is now corrected.
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