NY Times Accuses Conservatives Of ‘Pouncing’ On Vatican Sexual Abuse Scandal

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The New York Times, in an article that was published on Monday, accused conservatives of trying to use the Vatican child sex abuse scandal to advance their own agenda.

The piece was titled, “Vatican Power Struggle Bursts Into Open as Conservatives Pounce,” and was written by Jason Horowitz.

The most recent flare up in this controversy occurred earlier this week, when Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, a former top Vatican diplomat to the U.S., released a letter accusing Pope Francis of covering up Cardinal McCarrick’s abuses while also taking his counsel on appointing bishops. (RELATED: Former Vatican Diplomat Accuses Pope Francis Of Complicity in Covering Up McCarrick’s Abuses, Calls For His Resignation)

According to the article, conservatives are using the letter and the scandal to push for a stronger condemnation of homosexuality from the Catholic Church.

The article said, “An ideologically motivated opposition has weaponized the church’s sex abuse crisis to threaten not only Francis’ agenda but his entire papacy.”

It went on to say, “At the Conference of Catholic Families, a rival, conservative event to the Vatican’s World Meeting of Families in Dublin this past weekend, organizers found the pope’s recent condemnation of abuse unsatisfactory because he did not call out homosexuality. That, they say, has turned seminaries into ‘cesspits.'”

In recent months, critics have been quick to claim “conservatives pounce” on a number of occasions — they “pounced” with regard to fact-checking rising Democratic Socialist star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:

(RELATED: NYT: Trump ‘Seizes’ On Mollie Tibbetts Murder) And they “pounced” again in the case of the soft-soap treatment of New York Times Editorial Board’s most recent hire, Sarah Jeong:

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