Did Pope Francis include in his asking for pardon the alleged rapist priest who tortured three school teachers during exorcism? This is the question, which is related to the previous article entitled: “Pope is not asking pardon for idolatry?“.
In that article, Pope Francis was discussed to have publicly asked forgiveness from people who were sexually abused by priests. He asked forgiveness for acts of the priests, which are apparently not personal to him rather than asking forgiveness for idolatry, which is intimately personal to him being the head of the Roman Catholics.
The article is based on the article published in ph.news.yahoo.com entitled: Pope asks pardon for sex abuse by priests.
The answer is: “No, unless the Pope had himself raped the three (3) school teachers during exorcism together with the rapist priest. Legally, pardon is available only to an offender”.
And assuming Pope personally asks pardon from the three school teachers only for and in behalf of the alleged rapist priest, the same is religiously and politically incorrect and would not have any valid legal sense, at all.
Therefore, Pope Francis’ act of asking forgiveness for sex abuses committed by priests, which require those concern to ask forgiveness for themselves instead, is not naturally religious and moral and therefore, spiritually, socially and politically objectionable, despite his contrary opinion. To stress, he can only ask forgiveness, if he is implying that he is protecting the offenders and will not cause the defrocking of pedophile and rapist priests, the said measure being personal to the Pope and his allies.
For reference, quoted below is related article from ph.news.yahoo.com:
A priest in an ultra-conservative Catholic sect has been charged with rape and torture for acts allegedly committed during exorcisms involving three schoolteachers.
Versailles prosecutor Vincent Lesclous told AFP the 40-year-old priest with the Society of Saint Pius X, whose identity has not been released to protect the victims, was charged on Wednesday and is being held without bail.
He is facing charges of aggravated rape, torture and “committing barbarous acts” for the alleged assaults on three teachers at a private religious school in the western suburbs of Paris.
The prosecutor refused to provide further details, but newspaper Le Parisien reported Thursday that the assaults took place in the autumn of 2010 at the Notre-Dame de la Sablonniere school run by the sect.
It alleged he had first raped one teacher during an exorcism to purge her of the “evil” from a previous sexual assault.
He then used his “spiritual influence” to convince two other female teachers to undergo similar exorcisms, Le Parisien said.
It said the victims had claimed that acts of torture had been committed using a broom, a toothbrush and scissors during the ceremonies.
Questioned by police, the priest claimed no assaults had been committed, saying he had only “simulated” sexual acts.
The Society of Saint Pius X is a breakaway group of fundamentalist Catholics that strongly opposes the liberal reforms of the Catholic Church imposed by the Vatican II Council in the 1960s.
With 600,000 followers in 62 countries, the group founded in 1970 by French bishop Marcel Lefebvre has been dogged by accusations of anti-Semitism and far-right leanings. Lefebvre was ex-communicated in 1988 and died in 1991.
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