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The Vatican's narrative entwined in its recent report on serial homosexual predator ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick continues.
Papal critic Abp. Carlo Viganò and Pope John Paul II were blamed for McCarrick's predation — along with a few deceased bishops — while Pope Francis was portrayed as a paragon of transparency.
This narrative was repeated on Thursday when Catholic "leaders" got together for a virtual conference called "The McCarrick Report: Findings, Lessons, Directions." An assortment of leftist Catholic theology professors, journalists and talking heads discussed the report a month after it was released.
The moderator and panel of speakers were all Catholic leftists. While they spoke almost affectionately of McCarrick — two of them called themselves his friend — they saved their ire for Viganò, whom they deemed the very personification of "clericalism," which to the panelists is the biggest problem in the Church.
Chilean sex abuse victim Juan-Carlos Cruz was one of the panelists. He has spoken extensively with Pope Francis regarding his own abuse at the hands of Chilean priest Carlos Karadima.
He spoke affectionately of the pope, who originally slammed Cruz and other sex-abuse victims when they came forward to accuse his friend, Bp. Juan Barros.
"There is not a single piece of proof against him. Everything is slander," said the pope in May 2018.
Cruz made peace with Pope Francis after the pope apologized. Of course, the leftist Catholic media used the opportunity to push the "made that way" homosexual narrative when Cruz alleged in 2018, "[Pope Francis] told me, 'Juan Carlos, that you are gay does not matter. God made you like this and loves you like this and I don't care. The pope loves you like this. You have to be happy with who you are.'"
Cruz called the report clericalism at its worst on display. Moving on to Viganò, Cruz asserted the archbishop should be "locked up" for his crime of clericalism. He further exclaimed, "Why is Viganò free?"
Cruz then brought Tyler Texas bishop Joseph Strickland and retired Denver archbishop Charles Chaput into the discussion, calling them "organized crime" for siding with Viganò in their recent comments. He asserted they are "protecting each other" and that "there has to be consequences."
Neither Cruz nor any other panelists said the decades-long serial homosexual abuser McCarrick should face any "consequences."
In fact, homosexual predation was never discussed in the one-hour conference. Viewers had the opportunity to email questions — several of which were asked. But Church Militant's question submitted during the conference was never addressed.
Church Militant asked the panelists, "In the U.S. bishops' own John Jay report, they acknowledged homosexual clerics composed a disproportionate number of sex abuse perpetrators, upward of 80%. Why are so many people in the Church silent on how McCarrick's abuse is homosexual in nature? Why no discussion on that?"
John Carr, employed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for over 25 years remarked, "Pope Francis deserves credit [for the report]."
Speaking about his decades-long working relationship with McCarrick, Carr commented, "He was a good friend of mine, we did a lot of good together."
He mused to the panelists that years earlier, he had asked McCarrick why he was dogged by abuse allegations. McCarrick told him it was simply his "enemies" making things up about him. The now-disgraced prelate added the FBI would have investigated such allegations if they were true.
These panelists, who've been pushing Marxist and heterodox ideologies dressed up as Church doctrine, did not ask any hard questions regarding Pope Francis' complicity in covering up for McCarrick. Nor did they even mention the dreaded "H" word — homosexuality. They and their Vatican counterparts continue to mask McCarrick's obvious homosexual predation and to shelter the network that elevated him to power.