Local news organizations have claimed that Pope Francis, before he attacked sexual abuse accusations as Il Papa, paid lawyers to produce a report attacking the reputations of victims.
The Catholic Church has found itself mired, yet again, in allegations of horrific abuses, carried out against some of the most vulnerable members of the community’s religious flock. This has been an ongoing issue for the church, but now the claims are more serious and dire than they were in recent history.
Pope Francis, the highest-ranking member of the Catholic faith, has been implicated in the latest accusations, according to a number of sources. Worse still, it appears that he played a role in not only suppressing the claims against the church, but also attacked the credibility of the accusers. He pushed for the creation of a ‘four-book’ study on ‘false accusations’ of a priest later convicted of horrible misdeeds before he was appointed to pontiff.
While he was in charge of this sector of the church, accusations arose concerning Father Julio Cesar Grassi, suggesting that he sexually assaulted a number of individuals
He didn’t reach out to the children, who Jesus repeatedly showed such affection for in the New Testament.
Instead, he commissioned a report to attack the alleged victims.
In the four volumes produced by the lawyer, which were produced for the Argentinian Episcopal Conference, the victims were described as ‘false accusers.’
Worse still, the documents suggested that the accusations were a way for the claimants to project their own sexual desires onto Father Grassi, the man who was tried and convicted of sexually abusing a boy at his ‘Happy Children Foundation.’
Grassi was sentenced to 15 years in prison for that crime.
Juan Pablo Gallego, the man who represented the victims of the convicted priest, told the local media outfit, Infobae, that while he was the head of the diocese, it was none other than Pope Francis who commissioned the hit-piece series titled “Studies on the Grassi Case.”
Gallego alleged that the point of the document was to influence the judges on the Argentinian Supreme Court to find the accused man innocent.
In his discussions with Infobae, Gallego said that “we” determined that every judged involved in the case received a copy of the 2,600-page document.
He even suggested that they were delivered by emissaries from the man who now serves as the pope.
The documents were never released to the public, but final book in the series, published in 2013, references the study, and who was behind it.
People who defended the written documents claimed that they were meant to be distributed only amongst bishops sitting on the AEC.
However, multiple news outfits in the area pointed out that judges and those in the criminal justice system received the document.
This included those on the Argentine Supreme Court, who Infobae confirmed in 2016, had receive the volumes.
A French news program, Cash Investigation, included a interview with Carlos Mahiques, one of the nation’s Supreme Court judges. In the interview, he confirmed that he received all four volumes of the ‘study.’
Mahiques also suggested that the documents were meant to exert a “subtle form of pressure” on the judges who would hear the case.
Bergoglio, however, didn’t seem to agree. In his 2010 book On Heaven and Earth, he even boasted that there were no incidents of sexual abuse in his diocese.
Many alleged victims of such sexual abuse actually wrote then-Cardinal Bergoglio letters about the horrors that they had witnessed and endured during that time.
In response, he refused to meet with them, and the diocese never answered the letters in any way.
Even worse, he refused to take any action against Grassi, who was still listed as a practicing priest at his church in August 2017, even though he had been convicted of sexual abuse and sentenced to fifteen years in prison in March of the same year.
Worse still, one person who witnessed the trial claimed that the disgraced priest repeatedly stated, throughout the trial, that the Pope stood with him.
A convicted child abuser claimed that Il Papa “never let go” of his hand and was “at his side” throughout a case that ended in his conviction.
These past actions reflected interestingly on the current claims against the church.
Perhaps most interesting of all, Francis again showed a lack of desire to answer the serious allegations against the Holy See recently.
Much like what sources claimed he did when he was an archbishop in Argentina, the Holy Father’s response to the latest round of allegations was to attack the accusers, and compare them to Satan, who is called the “great accuser” in the book of Job.
The Catholic Church is currently lead by a pope who can find time to call for global warming during homilies, but who can’t find time to be decent toward people who suffered.