LET THE BISHOPS BE JUDGED: THE DEPARTURE OF TWO CARDINALS LEAVES THE FRANCIS PAPACY AT A CROSSROADS
By 05 July 2017 | by Jason Berry, The Tablet
Cardinal George Pell’s return to Australia to face criminal charges has dealt a severe blow to Pope Francis’ reform agenda, making him the third consecutive Pope to find himself in a swamp over the long, aching crisis of clergy sex abuse.
Regardless of the allegations that he now faces, Pell’s record in Australia on sex abuse cases, particularly his approval of bare-knuckle legal counter-attacks on victims, should have disqualified him from a Vatican post. Yet Francis not only chose him to lead the clean-up of the Vatican’s murky finances but also asked him to join his circle of nine cardinal-advisers without regard for that past.
Shortly after Pell’s announced departure, Pope Francis declined to renew the appointment he inherited from Pope Benedict of Cardinal Gerhard Müller as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF). He should have done it sooner. Last year, Die Zeit reported that Müller as Bishop of Regensburg in 2007 sent . . .