When Pope Francis apologized recently to all the world and especially to the people of Chili for his unbelief regarding abuse there because of his lack of knowledge and bad advise my first thought, (sadly), was that is how the Church operates. Facts are not sought or gotten before decisions and/or statements are made. This happened to many people I know who dealt with the Church and it happened to me.
The priest sexual scandal in Boston hit the news like a tsunami when I was a transitional deacon. It became the incessant talking point of every formation meeting we had in the seminary. Having never dealt with my own abuse at the hands of a priest I became very depressed. Every paper, report or presentation I had was late. I no longer showed up hours before morning prayer to say my Office of Readings and to pray the rosary. I eventually told the psychologist on staff about my own sexual abuse. I had never told anyone. Telling her was not cathartic. Saying the words out loud made it real.
Of course my radical change in behavior was noticed by the formation team. No one asked me what was going on, no one told me that my ordination to priesthood was in jeopardy…no one. Assumptions were made about me that were so far from the truth that it was surreal. And decisions about my life were made based on that. No one ever asked me what was going on in my life, (not that I would have told them). Decisions were made about me based on nothing. Not even the bishop inquired…talk about dysfunctional!
My point is that questions were not asked and should have been, facts were never sought, truth was not a care for any of people involved, and they happen to be members of the Church.
And here we have the Holy Father not given truthful or full reports and then making a pronouncement based on what he could not know because he was not told. He should be very angry.
One of the things that upsets me the most is when the truth does come out and still nothing is done. No one acts on the truth. Hats off to Pope Francis for his acknowledgement of truth in this situation.