REPLY: WOW! Great Post, thank you.
 Matt.10: 1 to 4And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every infirmity.
The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zeb’edee…
Jn 17:17-20 “Sanctify THEM in the truth; thy word is truth. ** As thou didst send me into the world, so I have sent them into the world** And for THEIR sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be consecrated in truth. [NO OTHER FAITH OR RE;IGION CAN MAKE & SUPPORT THE CLAIM THAT Jesus ;God] himself is there warranty of truth on faith & morals] "I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their word”
Jn 14:26 “"But the Paraclete, the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring all things to your mind, whatsoever I shall have said to you.
"Mt 28:19-20 “[[YOU] Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded YOU and lo, I am with YOU always, to the close of the age."
The RCC has existed for some 2,000 years with a direct and unbroken line of “Popes”, through severe persecutions, sinful men and attacks from within the Church itself, and POLITICAL AGENDS on a professional level. ALL of witch GOD tolerated, BUT the promised that the “Gates to hell: shall not prevail Mt 16:18-19 has held true.
It is illogical to think that this could be accomplished without the Direct intervention and Protection of The Holy Spirit.
If the RCC is NOT GOD’S only interpreter of the Bible; then who or what is? Or aRe you suggesting the Billions of people have been mislead for, 2,000 years and MANY have died for. And IF the RCC is NOT God’s One true faith and church, then which one is based on what evidence?
Keep in mind that both defined Doctrines & Dogma are unchangeable and are to Obeyed & Believed. This site answers your question, which SPACE here prohibits.
 I’m not a theologian or a philosopher; BUT I don’t agree that the Church is somehow seeking to excuse the wrong and sinful actions of man, past, present or [likely in the future].
Pope Francis [God Bless and GUIDE Him] is quick to share HIS OWN opinions, the same as you and me. He has NOT to my knowledge made his thoughts on the DP into a Doctrine [which precedes Dogma’s], and therefore is not teaching with the authority of his esteemed office. Even IF he were doing so what the POPE teaches CANNOT [lacks the authority] to contradict Sacred Tradition and, OR, the Magisterium.
While there is historical evidence in the PAST of The Church dodging Her responsibilities; recent years have seen that corrected. And I AM NOT qualified to speak for “the Church” except to share MY personal opinions, NOR is anyone else on this FORUM.