In a press conference of February 5, 2019, on a return flight to the Vatican, after a visit to Abu Dhabi of the United Arab Emirates, a reporter asked Pope Francis what he thought about the article in the monthly magazine  “Women Church World”, released by the Vatican newspaper supplementary “L'Osservatore Romano”, about nuns sexually abused by priests in some countries.

He admitted there had been a problem and the problem still goes on and it has been being rectified. He went even further when he said that Pope Benedict XVI had taken action against a certain priest who had founded a women's congregation in a certain country, leading to the sexual abuse of nuns. Pope Francis called it “a sexual slavery”. This congregation was later disbanded by Pope Benedict XVI for interfering with the investigation.

Regarding the issue of sexual abuse in the congregation disbanded, the article in L’Osservatore Romano is not mentioned, and the reporter on the flight did not know about it to ask. It is the issue exposed by Pope Francis himself. Is it necessay to expose this sexual abuse in a certain country that occurred during the papacy of Pope Benedict XVI when the press did not ask and it is not a legal investigation?

The fact that Pope Francis regarded sexual abuse in the past as “sexual slavery" shocked the world opinion. There are priests and nuns who were astonished by the word "sexual slavery" that he used. And those who are anti-Church and hate Catholicism are glad to have more ammunition to bombard the Catholic Church by writing articles, sending e-mails exposing those abuses of priests concerned..

Just one day later, in order to clarify the words used by Pope Francis, the Vatican official said "sexual slavery" according to Pope Francis only meant abuse of power that led to sexual abuse. This clarification cannot be issued by the Vatican official without the suggestion and consent of the Vatican boss. Giving an impromptu press conference without requiring reporters to send questions in advance for someone to prepare ideas to respond, it is easy to make a slip of the tongue, to let slip words or to use wrong words.

Regarding the issue of sexual abuse, if one searches and reads, one can see in other denominations or religions, there are also problems of sexual abuse by married clergy and spiritual leaders of different religions. Sexual abuse can also be found among lay and married persons. However, it is because the Catholic Church is an organized entity, with hierarchy and influence, that is easy to be pointed at.

It should also be discussed that are ways of sexual abuse with others or with oneself, due to psychological factors. When people are lonely, bored, confused about identity, low self-image, not being accepted / not self-accepting,  not self-fulfilling, it is easy to find objects for sexual abuse. As for the problem of loneliness, it is not synonymous with being alone, because one can live alone, meaning to be by oneself and does not feel lonely. On the contrary, one might still feel lonely, despite being married, living in the midst of a crowd and in a cheerful atmosphere. That is why the great poet novelist Nguyen Du of Vietnam could weave Thuy Kieu’s sadness into the poetic novel “Doan Truong Tan Thanh” with a vague sadness: “How can a sad person enjoy a cheerful landscape”. The ways of sexual abuse for psychological reasons are not necessarily true in the sense of sexual abuse, but may only be caressing and affectionate gestures to fill what is missing in mind and heart.

This is not the first time that Pope Francis has made a slip of the tongue, or used wrong words when being interviewed. By making slips of the tongue, letting slips of words or using wrong words, he does not only cause damage to Him personally, but also makes readers misunderstand the official teaching of the Church and the gospel.

Readers can read more about the words that Pope Francis did not explain well, or the press quoted him wrongly in the section: “Non-scheduled interviews and impromptu press conferences on board” in the article in Vietnamese and English of the same author entitled: “Why does Pope Francis say and do things in a non-papal manner”?

For convenience and ease of reading, the author gives a summary of these times when he made slips of the tongue or the press extracted part of his words according to the reporter’s intention:

On a flight from Brazil back to Rome on July 29, 2013, the Times correspondent asked Pope Francis what he thought about the priest's homosexual affection. The Pope answered, "If a homosexual man looks for God and has good intentions, "Who am I to judge?" The reporter just asked what Pope Francis thought about a homosexual orientation, and Pope Francis only responded to the way he thought about a person with a homosexual orientation. The media did not ask him about homosexual acts and he did not respond to homosexual acts. Thus, when the press quoted him, "Who am I judge?" it makes readers think that he does not condemn homosexual acts or homosexual sin as condemned in the Bible.

According to Scalfari, the founder of the La Republica, asked the Pope about the souls of those who do evil and where they go and what the punishment is?  Scalfari quoted Pope Francis as saying, “They are not punished.  The penitents receive God's forgiveness and enter the ranks of those who contemplate God. Those who do not repent and are not forgiven, disappear. Hell does not exist; the disappearance of sinful souls exists”.

Thus, if Pope Francis responds as reported by La Republica and Reuters, then he goes against the teachings of the Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church on hell. Pope Francis's response was spread around the world. Thus, Vatican officials had to rectify. This is the third time that Vatican officials have reportedly disagreed with Scafari's writings on the Pope, including a 2014 article in which the pope denied sin.

When rectifying, only a small number of readers can read the correction. While so many people have read the previous answer, may not know about the corrected answer to read. When a basket of chicken, duck feathers flushed out for the wind to sweep away, only a handful can be gathered back together. Realizing that damaging consequence, according to Michael M. Chapman of Cnsmews.com on April 2, 2018, Sister Theresa Aletheia, who abandoned her faith, before entering Saint Paul Order, said Pope Francis: "Needs a sassy nun" as his personal assistant, to prevent him from speaking to Scalfari again.

Surely, Pope Francis must have heard about Catholic or secular articles, as well as discussions in the Roman Curia, which criticized the Exhortation of Joy of Love, that on April 10, 2018 he called for unity "Pope Francis urges unity". Yahoo reprinted an article of Fox News written about Pope Francis’s call for unity. "Division is the work of the devil," he said. There are readers who reject his words attributing the sin of division to the devil, sometimes only half a line, or 1, 2, 3 lines. They roughly say who is divisive and why he does not clarify vague teachings. Readers Dr Vinny writes, “If he says there is no hell, why is there a devil”? A reader named "toughcritic" writes (paraphrased by the author): Pope Francis is a source of discord among those who are faithful to the doctrine and traditional teachings for centuries and changes following the liberal tendencies that dominate Catholics, not following the word of God. Another reader named Richard writes (paraphrased by the author): The notion of unity of Pope Francis is that each one must obey the Catholic Church even when it is contrary to the Word of God.

Commentaries on his words and deeds in non-papal ways in the mass media, or discussions in the Roman Curia on those words and deeds of his, are necessarily gossiping, or talks behind his back or is it "the work of the devil" as he affirmed, or just the discussions to learn and find out for truth?

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