- John L. Allen Jr.
- Nov 20, 2019
A new letter to the People of God from Pope Francis on the child sexual abuse scandals in the Church may frustrate as many people as it reassures.
After Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington followed Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston in withdrawing from the World Meeting of Families in Dublin this week, Pope Francis may be pressed in a new way to tackle the question of what to do about bishops who drop the ball on abuse allegations.
Permission from a court will no longer be required to remove feeding tubes and hydration from patients in a permanent vegetative state in the United Kingdom, the UK Supreme Court said on Monday.
It is hard for the pope to distance himself from the string of sexual abuse scandals affecting high-ranking clerics. He needs to take drastic action if he is to salvage the Church’s reputation on sex abuse.
As Pope Francis approaches his 5th anniversary, is he facing his own version of the second-term curse which often afflicts U.S. Presidents?