Argentina’s Catholic Church, which has been the subject of a wave of corruption allegations in recent months, has faced some tough questions about its actions and its history.
On Tuesday, the Vatican announced that it would be investigating the country’s bishops, accusing them of failing to protect victims of clerical sex abuse.
But it is not the first time the Catholic Church has been accused of mishandling the abuse of minors, or in this case, of being too much of a public relations machine.
What’s new and what’s not about the church’s history with child abuse?
In a new book by journalist Marisa Sarmiento, she paints a different picture.
The Vatican and the Vatican Bank, which have been at loggerheads for years, have a history of cooperation.
And, she argues, the church has been too eager to deflect responsibility for abuse by saying it was all a case of clerisy.
“It’s a very complicated and nuanced story.
There are some similarities.
In the early 1990s, the Church, under Pope John Paul II, was under fire for allowing priests to abuse children.
But in 2002, Pope Benedict XVI said he wanted to change the church.
He did not make a big deal about it at the time,” Sarmento told Newsweek.
“Then in 2008, after the revelations in the U.S., he did something very different.
He decided that priests and bishops had to have a very good relationship, that there must be a separation between them and the diocesan bishop.”
“This meant, basically, a more direct line between the pope and the bishop.
And the pope is the one who decides what to do.
And that was a big change,” Sarma said.
“This was a new way of working.
It was a radical change.”
She cites documents and testimonies of former victims who say the church failed to take action against pedophiles.
“We can’t be sure if this is a genuine Catholic Church in which the bishops are protecting children and not perpetrators, or if this church is a front group for a larger conspiracy,” Sartoria told Newsweek in an interview.
“And it’s the conspiracy that is more complex and complex.”
The church has not yet commented on the charges.
“The church has had a history with pedophilia, and there have been many instances in the past where they’ve failed to act on the accusations.
And there’s no doubt that these cases have affected the Catholic community and hurt people,” said Francesca Cisneros, a professor at Columbia University who specializes in the church and human trafficking.
“But the church is not going to do anything,” Cisnerros said.
The problem with the church, she said, is that its approach to pedophilia has been to minimize the problem.
“It’s very easy for the church to claim that the problem is the church itself.
But they’ve been doing this for decades.
The church is deeply rooted in pedophilia,” Cisanos said.
In 2003, Pope John XXIII made an address to a packed auditorium in Rome, addressing the church in the midst of an international scandal involving child sex abuse by a priest in the Vatican.
In his remarks, the pope said that the church had a responsibility to address the abuse, but not by punishing those responsible.
“In fact, there are many cases of abuse of children that should have been addressed by the church,” the pope told the audience, referring to the crimes against children committed by priests in the Church.
“Unfortunately, the situation has become so bad that we cannot help but speak out about the abuse and the failure to protect children.”
And while he did not say he wanted the Catholic church to be more open about the crimes, he did say that the pope wanted to prevent them from becoming widespread in the future.
“He wants to be able to say, ‘It is the responsibility of the church,’ but in order to do that, he has to prevent the abuse from becoming so widespread that it is a danger to the whole society,” Cigen, the professor of sociology at Georgetown University, told Newsweek via email.
“That is an enormous challenge.
But the pope has been able to do it because the church believes it can be a kind of ‘human shield’ in the face of these problems.
The pope is also able to claim he is doing something different.
That is true in the case of pedophilia.
The abuse is not being addressed, but the church will say that he is not doing enough.”
And the church knows it is popular, and it has managed to hold on to power and power is not always a good thing, said Cisnero.
“A lot of times, the public opinion about the Catholic faith and the pope can be very favorable,” she said.
Sarmente is now the director of the National Center for Law and Justice at the University of New Hampshire.
In an interview with Newsweek, she discussed the current state of the Catholic