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In a landmark decision Pope Gregory XVI has stepped down from the Papacy. It’s been nearly 600 years since a Pope has stepped down from office, a rare occurrence for sure.
Travelsexlife is a website about sex, not religion, but these two institutions intersect in a grave locale colored with prudence, homophobia, misogyny, chauvinism, and yes: child molestation. This last religious characteristic, particularly abound within the Catholic Church, has received plenty of press amid the mounting abuse accusations, and the Church’s priest geographic shuffle solution.
Although the Pope claims his decision to resign is based off his inability to effectively lead the church, his old age: the culprit to this symptom, one can only surmise that the allegations of his personal responsibility to those who suffered abuse prompted him, or at the very least, played a role in this decision.
I’m sure many of 12,000 strong Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), who found that the church chose it’s own reputation over the human dignity of the victims, are very pleased by this.
This man inevitably knows more about the plethora of abuses than any other man in the world. To say that he has done next to nothing to deter these outrageous assaults, would be an understatement. According to the allegations professed by US lawyers he was complicit.
Instead of publicly outing individuals suspected of abuse, the church merely moved them to a different church, where they would continue their absurd crimes. This instruction came from the upper echelons of the ecclesiastical hierarchy. To say these orders came directly from him is yet to be proven, but there is no doubt he was knowledgeable of all of this.
Pope Gregory XVI is the Joe Paterno of this sex scandal, albeit one of much grander implications. If a hell like the one professed by christians exists – it doesn’t- then he will inevitably suffer a dire post-mortem fate, as he should.