Ultimately, the core of the issue here is not about a mural at all. Not substantially. Nor is it even about Archbishop Paglia. It is about a degraded Vatican culture which props up a man like Paglia, awarding him authority when he should be handed sackcloth and ashes and packed off to a hermitage.
- The President of the Latin American Alliance for the Family, Christine Vollmer, characterized the mural as "absolutely disgusting." Vollmer also said it was "obvious" that the only way Paglia could commission such a work while being promoted to influential Vatican posts was by having "high-ranking protection at the Vatican."
- The President of Family of the Americas, Mercedes Arzú Wilson, said it was "incomprehensible" that Pope Francis would appoint Paglia to such influential posts.
Is this a "scandal" that goes all the way to the top?
Mullarkey thinks it does, asking:
What business does this indiscreet, sex-happy man [Archbishop Paglia]—put plainly, a creep—have to do with marriage and the family? What do his continued appointments, coming as they have in the wake of his billboard-sized disclosure, say about his boss?
Let the discussion begin...
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