“The Pope needs to do more than apologise.”
Wendell Pierce, best known for playing William ‘Bunk’ Moreland in The Wire, has criticised Pope Francis upon the leader of the Catholic Church’s visit to Ireland.
A busy day has already seen the Pontifex press the flesh with adoring fans on the streets of Dublin and come under heavy criticism from Colm O’Gorman, who challenged Pope Francis following his initial address.
O’Gorman wasn’t the first to demand more action from The Pope, as a somewhat unlikely critic has emerged.
Taking to Twitter in advance of the Papal visit, Wendell Pierce offered his two cents.
“In light of the disturbing revelations of the abuse in Pennsylvania and all over the world,” wrote the actor.
“The Pope needs to do more than apologise,” Piece continued.
“He should call for the prosecution of all the criminal priests.”
Today @Pontifex PopeFrancis is visiting Ireland & will meet with sexual abuse victims. In light of the disturbing revelations of the abuse in Pennsylvania & all over the world, the Pope needs to do more than apologize.He should call for the prosecution of all the criminal priests
— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) August 24, 2018
Pierce, of course, already has a decent reason to keep an eye on Ireland, given his die-hard support to St. Patrick’s Athletic:
— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) November 2, 2014
And it seems that Bunk and prominent Irish politicians are roughly on the same page when it comes to The Pope.
Speaking at Dublin Castle on Saturday, Fianna Fáil’s Michaél Martin told RTÉ News that he would appreciate “a greater focus on the actions that should follow” in the wake of the Pope’s words.
“I think he was quite clear in his condemnation of the failings of the church in terms of abuse of children by church members,” said Martin.
“But I do think there needs to be follow-through in terms of who was responsible for the various cover-ups, for the policies of shifting the abusers to different parishes and locations where the abuse continued. It has to be completely open and frank.”
Before that, Leo Varadkar expressed a similar sentiment as the Taoiseach called on Pope Francis to use his office and influence to ensure that abuse survivors get “justice, truth and healing”.