ITALY - Powerful but complicit cardinal to lead prayer tomorrow, SNAP says
We are disappointed that Cardinal Angelo Sodano is leading prayer todmorrow. Given how integral he has been to the cover-up of crimes against children, especially those of Fr. Marcial Maciel Degollado, we feel that he should step aside and let another prelate take his place.
Sodano’s horrific record on child abuse is a stain on the church, and such a public role for him only reminds us – and Catholics across the globe – how clergy sex crimes have been woefully mishandled clergy sex crimes by church officials at all levels.
Imagine the hope many Catholics would feel if other church officials found the strength to challenge Sodano and persuaded him to step aside. We hope at least a handful of prelates will make an effort to do this.