The Catholic Church’s defiance and obstruction on child sex abuse

The Catholic Church’s defiance and obstruction on child sex abuse

 April 19, 2016

IN THREE years at the helm of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis has been a source of inspiration for millions of faithful around the world. In one critical respect, however, he has fallen short of his own promise: to come fully to terms with decades of child sex abuse by clergymen and the institutional cover granted to them by bishops and cardinals.

Francis has pledged “the zealous vigilance of the Church to protect children and the promise of accountability for all.” Yet there has been scant accountability, particularly for bishops. Too often, the church’s stance has been defiance and obstruction.

In his trip to the United States in the fall, Francis told victims that “words cannot fully express my sorrow for the abuse you suffered.” Yet his initiativeto establish a Vatican tribunal to judge bishops who enabled or ignored pedophile priests has . . . 

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  • commented 2016-04-25 06:07:55 -0500
    What’s the problem? The holdup? It can only be additional efforts to protect the institution, certainly not the victims. It is time for action. Clear instructions to the bishops of the world as to what they need to do to safeguard ALL our children both now and in the future. Full disclosure. Names of perpetrators. Amounts of money spent to aid the victims. Specific actions taken in each diocese to provide support and assistance to the victims. Specific continuing efforts to find perpetrators and remove them from ministry. WE ARE TIRED OF WAITING.
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