Pope Francis has yet to comment on the allegations against him. (Flickr Commons)
Call for the Pope to resign and a 1996 account of a nun pushing an orphan out a window
A couple of articles came out in the last week that have negatively reflected Catholic Church leaders and have depicted the community in a distasteful light.
In the first article that came out, Pope Francis has been asked to resign in a lengthy 11 page letter from an anti-gay archbishop, Carlos Maria Viganó, because the Pope allegedly knew of the sexual misconduct of another archbishop, Cardinal McCarrick, according to an article titled “Archbishop Alleges Pope Francis Long Knew About Abuse, Calls On Him To Resign.” Viganó states that he “personally informed” Francis of McCarrick’s behavior in 2013, which lead to the published letter explaining his thoughts on the matter on Aug. 27.
“He must acknowledge his mistakes and, in keeping with the proclaimed principle of zero tolerance,” Viganó said. “Pope Francis must be the first to set a good example for cardinals and bishops who covered up McCarrick’s abuses and resign along with all of them.”
The following day the article, “We Saw Nuns Kill Children: The Ghosts of St. Joseph’s Catholic Orphanage,” came out about an eerie story told by Sally Dale about what she witnessed as a child among other victims of the orphanage and associations like it.
“The first thing I saw was looking up, hearing the crash of the window, and then him going down,” Dale said in her statement about witnessing a nun pushing a child out of the fourth story window to her lawyers on Nov. 6 1996.
This extended article goes into detail of other children’s experiences and what they saw when they lived in orphanages. There are examples of physical abuse and mental abuse from various Nuns of different orphanages. This article came out on Aug. 27 after investigation and therefore getting justice for the victims of abuse and murder.
“Not the most beneficial way to promote the beliefs of the Catholic Church and the leaders that are supposed to be an image of what the church stands for,” said Maria Puglisi, head of public relations at MC Marketing Consultants. “By not acting on these accusations the church is promoting ignorance over the law.”
In this past week, Catholic leaders have taken a PR hit on two separate articles which portray just some of dishonesty and illegal crimes that have surfaced over recent years. These articles are not parallel with what the church depicts itself to be and could definitely use some help in the PR department.