The conservative Catholic Internet has engaged in yet another battle with Pope Francis. This time it is about clericalism. Pope Francis has spoken out against clericalism for his entire papacy, considering it one of the greatest evils in the Church. Once more this past week, Pope Francis again condemned clericalism, naming it as the root cause of the sexual abuse crisis in the Church.
Many conservatives howled, declaring that Pope Francis was only trying to cover for homosexuals. No one sums up the anti-Pope Francis tirades better than John Zuhlsdorf:
During The Present Crisis partisans of the loony and often homosexual catholic Left have attempted misdirection of attention away from the root cause – homosexuality – and toward clericalism. Watch: they will also try to connect the Crisis to traditional liturgy.
Some on the sane side of the non=”gay”, sound doctrine Catholic spectrum have been seduced into a least some of the clericalism argument.
Let’s face it: the real problem is homosexuality.
Homosexuality is what cause the vast amount of the abuse of power and victims of all ages.You will notice that Pope Francis is no where mentioned here, but there can be no doubt that Zuhlsdorf is aiming this at the Holy Father as Pope Francis made it very clear in his letter that he blames clericalism for this evil in the church.