[quote="Brendan_64, post:16, topic:321980"]
I for one hope that Pope Francis does actually grasp this issue and deal with it properly, as I do not believe we have not dealt with it properly at all so far. This issue needs to be tackled at the highest level with no excuses at all for even the most senior clergy involved in covering up the abuse. How many of us on here could name at least 4 cardinals who are known to have been involved in covering up the actions of pedophile priests? And these same people were all in the conclave.
I believe that cardinals, archbishops, bishops, monsignors, priests, deacons, any one of them who is found to have been involved in pedophilia or the covering up of pedophilia ought to be defrocked. That would send a clear message to all within the Church that such behaviour will never be tolerated ever again. It would also send a convincing message to the wider world that we are serious about tackling this issue, rather than just saying that we are.
I believe that the reason that the wider world doesn't believe we are actually serious in dealing properly with this issue isn't because they are anti-Catholic, it's because we have so far failed to deal with this issue in a convincing manner. We will never be able to evangelise properly and save the souls of mankind if the world thinks we are turning a blind eye to those involved in covering up pedophilia within our clergy. If we don't seriously deal with this issue properly (and so far we haven't) we cannot carry out the mission given to us by Christ to successfully spread the Good News to save humanity.
I really do hope that Pope Francis will deal with this properly. Starting at the very top and working down would send a very clear message.
I do think the Church has done a lot to try to keep this from happening again; however, I agree that Church response to those involved in the past has fallen short. I think this Pope is a pope of reform and I believe he will tackle this appropriately.