- Jul 9, 2020
Every discussion of sex abuse needs a face to personalize a difficult topic.
America’s flagship Catholic universities this year seem to be channeling their inner Newman with regard to the society of the Church, launching major research initiatives, internal dialogues and public forums on the clerical sexual abuse crisis.
The Vatican’s sex crimes prosecutor, Archbishop Charles Scicluna, met with Poland’s Catholic bishops on Friday to share his experience in tracking crimes, after the Polish Church admitted knowing about hundreds of cases over the years where priests abused minors.
Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, the Vatican’s chief expert on clerical sex abuse, will visit Poland on Friday.
While we wait to assess the enforcement of Pope Francis’s new rules on reporting and investigating clerical sexual abuse, here are three thoughts about their possible implications.
Some voices on the Catholic right blame the abuse crisis on homosexuality, while the left tends to fault clericalism, celibacy and the exclusion of women from the priesthood.