Vitug Vlogs: Challenge for Pope Francis
MANILA, Philippines - The difficult work of reforming the Church begins for Pope Francis, and Rappler’s editor at large Marites Vitug says the Philippine church poses a challenge to the new pontiff.
Here’s her video blog.
Below is the script:
The Philippines is one of only 2 Catholic countries in Asia.
In the eyes of the Vatican, it's a tiny spot in the entire world of Catholics.
But the Church here poses a major challenge to Pope Francis.
In the US, Europe and Australia, sex abuse against women and young boys led to lawsuits, changes in the Catholic hierarchy, and a zero-tolerance policy toward such behavior.
This is not the case in the Philippines.
When the bishop of Bacolod started his campaign of "Team Patay" -- referring to legislators who voted for the reproductive health bill -- some responded with "Team Tatay."
The phenomenon of priests who fathered children is common here.
But the Church has been forgiving.
It allowed them to continue with their priestly duties.
This pattern applies to cases of child abuse.
A Filipino monsignor had to leave a US parish after he was accused of molesting altar boys.
Despite this, he was taken in as a priest in Cebu.
The Church here has yet to be transparent about the sex-abuse sins of its priests -- and be accountable.
This is Marites Vitug for Vitug Vlogs.