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Francis fights for the legacy of his pontificate

personnel decisions are rarely apolitical, even in the Vatican. For the most important Moment in his pontificate, the Pope stood up for its familiar former speaker back from the rest. Father Federico Lombardi, a Jesuit like Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76 years old, from Piedmont, is the misuse of the summit with the presidents of the Episcopal conferences of moderating, which will take place this week in the Vatican. 2016 Lombardi had been retired. He should ensure that everything is on the table, with a Holy ruthlessness, without damaging the Institution. And that the bishops know how you in the future with scandals and child molesters have to deal with.

Just as important is that the world wins these days the impression that the Catholic Church go, finally, with a reasonable hardness on themselves – after all the decades of silence, covering up and nice talking, of hiding and Offsetting. The summit is also a battle for the credibility of the Church, a challenge for the communications Department, probably the most complicated one is your grown-up ever.

Since timing it very well, that the Vatican at the weekend, the Archbishop, the former cardinal Theodore McCarrick, once a powerful Washington, from the Clerics. For a man of the Church there is no greater punishment than this. McCarrick has been found guilty of sexual contacts to Minors and young adults, mostly seminarians, had. As this happened, among other things, the confession, is an aggravating factor of the offence abuse of power.

Video: Pope takes a position on abuse cases On the flight home from the United Arab Emirates was Francis, the Catholic Church abuse cases. Video: Tamedia/Reuters

McCarrick tried to challenge the verdict. However, the Vatican rejected the appeal. The Pope explained the matter to the "Res judicata", and further appeals are impossible. McCarrick has lived for some time in seclusion in a monastery in Kansas. He may never wear the priestly garments, must not as a pastor, he may also make a donation, no sacraments. Although have been removed in the past few years, many priests and some bishops from their Offices, where it was possible to prove Assault. However, so far such a senior Cleric, such as McCarrick was never. Rumors had existed long before that. McCarrick lured many of his victims in his beach house in New Jersey. He was "Uncle Ted".

The unprecedented reference only a weak Signal is still. McCarrick is now 88. Three popes he has served. John Paul II raised him to the Cardinal, as the McCarricks weakness for young seminarians was many known for long. He was a Star of the Church. It was only in the last year it became known that the underage victims were there, the Wind turned.

Everything comes late, even this summit. The question is whether the battle for the credibility can still win.

All this summit is late in coming,. Can win the Vatican the fight to his credibility?

Francis has tried in recent years to reform the Vatican's communications apparatus. The goal was the outside world to connect in front of the thick walls with the inside of some of the masses. Vatican Radio, the Vatican television centre, the social media, "L'osservatore Romano", the online platform "Vatican News", the photo service, the press service of The Pope gathered together all under one roof, and brought many media professionals.

The newly created Dicastery for communications received as a prefect, an Italian journalist. Paolo Ruffini is not a Clergyman, also it had never been. For the editorial line of the media, Andrea Tornielli, is newly in charge, who wrote for "La Stampa" about the Vatican. But the Reform does not apply, you created so far, especially confusion and intrigue.

Pope back sometimes to the confusion of

in Front of one and a half months came, quite surprisingly, Greg Burke, the American spokesman of the Pope, with immediate effect, from one day to the other. The press service of the Holy see, the nerve centre and the interface between the Church world and the secular world, now has an interim chief, nobody knows how long he will stay. Not ideal in these difficult times.

of Course, this Pope contributes sometimes to the confusion. He talks so happy, fresh and free of the liver. Francis also gives a lot of Interviews. His word is not so rare as it was that of his predecessor, it was losing a bit of weight. The faux pas to the Chilean abuse scandal drowned out all his very firm Opinions on the subject, which followed after that. So, Padre Lombardi is back, not to give the Whole a solid frame, so it is already to late for that.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 17.02.2019, 22:30 PM

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