- Jan 15, 2020
In his two centerpiece messages for Christmas, Pope Francis indirectly sketched a parallel strategy for both ecclesiastical and social reform without ever quite saying so out loud.
Like American law, victims of clerical sexual abuse are not parties to criminal procedures, but could that change?
A report that Pope Francis is wearing a previously undisclosed medical device turned out to be bogus, but there are still lessons to be learned.
For most American Catholics, the unfinished business of the abuse scandals isn’t cooperation with civil authorities, which, for the most part, has been a given for a couple of decades. It’s accountability for the cover-up as well as the crime.
For everyone tempted to complain about how “the bishops” have reacted to the clerical sexual abuse crisis, there’s also Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Dowd of Montreal.
Perhaps we can’t judge the impact of Pope Francis on politics by the usual measures, because, befitting his Argentinian populist outlook, he’s more interested in horizontal rather than vertical change.