DUBLIN- A newly created Mexican
cardinal said that some accusers should be “ashamed” to point their finger at clerics because many of them have skeletons in their own closets.
Even though he acknowledged that some allegations are true, he went after the victims and avoided referring to the Pennsylvania grand jury report in the United States that found some 300 abusive priests in a span of seven decades in six dioceses.
Obeso Rivera’s words came last week, after the report was made public.
“I’m here happy to talk about nice things, not about problematic things, it’s an accusation that is made, and in some cases it’s true. But the evil of many is the consolation of fools, because sometimes those who accuse men of the Church should [be careful] because they have long tails that are easily stepped on.”
Mexico is the home of Father Marcial Maciel Degollado, founder of the Legionaries of Christ, who was found guilty by the Vatican of having sexually abused minors and young men.After his death, it was also revealed that he had maintained relationships with at least two women, fathering more than one child.
The dirty clothes are washed at home
On April 10, 2002, the archbishop of Jalapa, Sergio Obeso, in the context of the LXXIII Assembly of the Conference of the Mexican Episcopate (CEM), would pronounce a phrase that would go around the world. Questioned about the possibility that the Mexican Catholic Church spoke of the cases of sexual abuse of the clergy in a public way, he said: "The dirty clothes are washed at home." (Book Marcial Maciel. Historia de un criminal)
In the context of the 73rd plenary assembly of the CMS (April 2002), in a press conference, faced with an episode of pedophile scandals in the United States, the Mexican bishops, faced with the insistence of the reporters, are forced to address the issue . The hierarchy declared that it was not their turn to deliver or report to the judicial authorities priests or religious pedophiles. "It is not for us to be giving our children, the children of the Church to the civil authority; we have to judge them according to our own laws, "said the bishop of the Diocese of Ciudad Juárez, Renato Ascencio León. Sergio Obeso, bishop of Jalapa, then became famous by remembering the old Mexican saying: "The dirty laundry is washed at home," leaving the victims defenseless (La Jornada, 12/4/2002).
Bergoglio´ new apostate Cardinal: Abuse victims should be ‘ashamed’ to speak due to their own failings
MEXICO, August 21, 2018, (LifeSiteNews) – Reacting to the recent avalanche of reports of clerical sexual abuse around the world, a newly minted Mexican Cardinal has suggested that victims who accuse priests should be “ashamed” because they too have skeletons in their own closets.
Those who “accuse men of the Church should [be careful] because they have long tails that are easily stepped on,” said Cardinal Sergio Obeso Rivera according to a report in Crux.
“I’m here happy to talk about nice things, not about problematic things, it’s an accusation that is made, and in some cases it’s true,” said Obeso Rivera.
The cardinal’s remarks to journalists came after the release of a sweeping, two-year-long Pennsylvania Grand Jury investigation into sexual abuse by Catholic priests. That report has sent shockwaves around the globe.
The bombshell Pennsylvania report became public while the scandal of homosexual abuse of seminarians and other young men and boys by disgraced, former Cardinal McCarrick was still making headlines.
Obeso Rivera’s statement also came on the heels of reports of a Honduran Cardinal’s mishandling of a crisis involving rampant homosexual activity at a major seminary in his archdiocese, as well as reports of complicity by Chilean Bishop Juan Barros in covering up a widespread child sex abuse scandal in his country.