Pope Francis the Reformer?

by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  September 17, 2018   

Denies pressuring judges to acquit convicted pederast priest

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A documentary released in June is showing Pope Francis on camera denying the historical fact that he attempted to push judges to acquit a convicted pederast priest while he was archbishop of Buenos Aires.

Church Militant reported on Aug. 29 that then-Cdl. Jorge Bergoglio in 2010, as president of the bishops' conference in Argentina, authorized a 2800-page study meant to discredit the witnesses accusing Fr. Julio César Grassi of sexual abuse. A documentary published in June shows Pope Francis denying that he did this.

The following interaction was captured on video: "Your Holiness! Your Holiness, in the Grassi case, did you try to influence Argentine justice?" Pope Francis replied, "No." The journalists then asked, "No? Then why did you commission a counter-inquiry?" The Pope responded, "I never did."

One of the judges that received this so-called counter-study authorized by Bergoglio was Carlos Mahiques. In 2017, Mahiques was asked, "You received this counter-inquiry?" He replied, "Yes, I did."
Mahiques said the study was "extremely partial" at times and acknowledged that its purpose was "to exert a subtle form of pressure on the judges" in Grassi's favor.
In spite of being on record of never having to deal with clerical sex abuse, the documentary shows that he refused, as archbishop of Buenos Aires, to ever meet with any sex abuse victims.
Watch the panel discuss the Pope's history of aiding homo-clerical predators in The Download—Pope Francis the Reformer?


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