Watchdog Group publishes Report
Jorge Bergoglio and Clergy Sexual Abuse in Argentina
The U.S.-based non-profit watchdog group BishopAccountability.org has published a report on Novus Ordo clergy sexual abuse in Argentina, slamming Jorge Bergoglio — now “Pope” Francis — for his alleged silence during his tenure as “Archbishop” of Buenos Aires (1998-2013), the country’s largest diocese, and his time as president of the Argentine Bishops’ Conference (2005-2011).
The report was released ahead of Francis’ meeting with abuse victims in the Vatican on July 7:
- “Pope Meets Sex Abuse Victims for First Time”
- “Pope Francis holds his First Meeting with Sex Abuse Victims”
- “I Humbly Ask Forgiveness” – Francis to Abuse Victims July 7, 2014
In his 2010 interview book On Heaven and Earth, Bergoglio claims that priests guilty of sexual abuse were not found in his diocese: “In my diocese it never happened to me, but a bishop called me once by phone to ask me what to do in a situation like this.” While not accusing him of lying outright, the watchdog group does say it finds it “difficult to reconcile” the impression Bergoglio gives by means of this statement with the known cases of child sex abuse by Novus Ordo clergy in his country and diocese (source).