Pope Francis blames the devil for Catholic church sex abuses....but people are not buying it

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pope-francis.jpgThe Roman Catholic Church has recently been hit by one sexual abuse scandal after another, from Germany, to the United States, to Chile. At the same time, a deepening polarisation between conservatives and liberals in the Church has played out on social media. So the pope has now blamed the devil, but social media users are poinitng out that it must have been the "Devils in white robes" who are to be blamed

Francis' use of the term 'the great accuser' to describe Satan hit a raw nerve with one of the pope's harshest conservative critics, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the Vatican's former ambassador to Washington.

In an 11-page statement published on August 26, Viganò launched an unprecedented broadside by a Church insider against the pope and a long list of Vatican and US Church officials. He accused Francis of knowing about sexual misconduct by a former US cardinal with male adult seminarians but not doing anything about it. Viganò, concluding that his former boss had singled him out as the devil in disguise, complained in his next statement that Francis 'compared me to the great accuser, Satan, who sows scandal and division in the Church, though without ever uttering my name'.

On Sunday, a top Vatican official issued a scathing open letter accusing Viganò of mounting a 'political frame job devoid of real foundation' and contesting his accusations against the pope point by point.

Francis is so convinced that Satan is ultimately to blame for both the sexual abuse scandals and the divisions within the Church that he has enlisted the aid of St Michael the Archangel. Michael is mentioned several times in the Bible as the leader of the angels who ousted Lucifer, the fallen angel, from paradise. Catholics are being asked to recite the rosary daily in October and conclude it with a prayer to St Michael that was said after Mass until 1964 but then fell into disuse. The prayer reads: 'St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defence against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of people.

But social media is reacting by calling all of the Pope's antic "hogwash".

"Yes, apparently Popeye doesn't believe in free will or people's ability to resist doing evil? While people might be tempted to do evil acts, they certainly have the freedom to not give in to whatever temptation. And so evil is freely committed - no one HAS to do any terrible act!"

"Well, you don't expect him to blame the men, do you? Heaven forbid!!!!"

"Yeah, Devils in White robes".

"I'm surprised it took this long to come up with that rubbish"

"A prime example of the State of Rome passing the buck yet again"

"Nice try Pope, but you're not going to dismiss the reprehensible things your employees are doing, by blaming it on the devil. Hillary didn't even use that excuse.......yet."