Whether it will kill off his ability to lead the Roman Catholic Church is the question of the moment. The highly political cabal at the Vatican could force his out.
Like superlawyer David Boies, who was identified by The New Yorker as an enabler in Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual misconduct, Pope Francis' future is in play.
Recently Boies' law firm reorganized. His role is less prominent. His legacy in the legal sector is undergoing a critical review. The first line of his obituary in The Economist could read: "The lawyer once most feared in the courtroom and negotiating table, David Boies lost credibility during the global Harvey Weinstein sexual scandal."
The media, beginning with the AP, documented that Pope Francis had received a detailed letter from an alleged sex victim in 2015. He had denied that. Here are the details.
According to the AP:
"The fact that Francis received the eight-page letter, obtained by the AP, challenges his insistence that he had 'zero tolerance' for sex abuse and cover-ups. It also calls into question his stated empathy with abuse survivors, compounding the most serious crisis of his five-years papacy."
The tipping point of this most recent threat to not only Pope Francis' leadership but the ability of the Roman Catholic Church to scale occurred in January 2018. Protests, covered by the media, broke out when he defended Bishop Juan Barros against allegations of sexual misconduct. That made this leader a global target in the growing number of #MeToo movements.
The unthinkable could happen.
Pope Francis could create the cover story that his health is precarious and he must resign his leadership position. That move might be necessary to the Roman Catholic Church to stop losing market share.
At one time it had been among the strongest, most enduring global brands. Now, not only in the U.S. but also in one-time strongholds such as Latin and South America, its relevance continues to decline. Pope Francis' legacy could become that of just another corrupt leader in the Roman Catholic Church.
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