Gay Kids and Pedophile Priests: The Pope's Uncomfortable Visit to Ireland

Published August 29th, 2018 - 11:36 GMT
Pope Francis visited Ireland for two days during which he faced massive protests and backlash over latest sexual abuse scandals that hit the Catholic Church. (AFP)
Pope Francis visited Ireland for two days during which he faced massive protests and backlash over latest sexual abuse scandals that hit the Catholic Church. (AFP)

Pope Francis's visit to Ireland has been stirring debate, particularly after his latest remarks on homosexuals and LGBT children that came at the end of the visit.

Following reports released during this month on more than 1,000 children who were sexually abused by about 300 priests and higher ranking Catholic clergymen, other reports came on the Vatican’s cover-up of the child sex abuse had weighed in on the controversy.

Online tweets accused the Church of turning a blind eye on the issue, despite the fact that he told crowds of people in one of the gatherings that he is asking for forgiveness for “the abuses in Ireland, abuses of power, conscience, and sexual abuse perpetrated by those with roles of responsibility in the church.”

Several people staged protests in parts of Ireland against the Pope’s visit, some demanded him to step up while others called for serious actions should be taken against the abusers.

Protesters also demonstrated the exclusion of gay people and their families from the World Meeting of Families attended by the Pope.

The pontiff was also criticized for last remarks he made while on the flight home from Dublin, in which he highlighted how parents should seek help from a psychiatric in case of their child showed signs of being a gay in a young age.

The Pope cleared his point of view saying parents should not condemn gay children, however, they can take action with a professional medical help.

The remarks were removed from the Vatican’s official account shortly after a backlash from the media.

In fact, the remarks came in contradiction with previous views expressed by the Pope showing more tolerant attitude toward homosexuals comparing to his predecessors.

Some social media users slammed back at the Pope’s remarks. 

One user accused the Pope of being the “leader of pedophiles” in a time he is calling parents of gay children to take them to psychiatrists.


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