- Apr 7, 2020
Facing a ticking clock on several fronts, the coronavirus has bought Pope Francis and his Vatican team some time.
The Vatican’s announcement that it is sending an investigative commission to Mexico later in March to look into cases of clergy sex abuse could become a turning point in the country that’s home to the second largest number of Catholics in the world.
The Catholic Church began investigating four Mexican bishops last May for allegedly covering up cases of pederasty, the Vatican’s representative in Mexico said.
Victims of clerical sex abuse have expressed skepticism over a Vatican investigative commission that will collect statements and information about abuse in Mexico, though most said they would meet with Pope Francis’s investigators.
When Pope Francis visits the island nation of Malta later this year, his first international trip of 2020, it will likely be framed by key political issues for which he has often raised his voice, including migration and corruption.