- Jun 23, 2021
Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich has not resigned, because in the Catholic system bishops don’t get to resign of their own accord. They can submit their resignation to the pope – in fact, they’re required to do so at the age of 75 – but it’s always up to the pope whether to accept.
After centuries of impunity, cardinals from Chile to Australia and points in between are facing justice in both the Vatican and government courts for their own sexual misdeeds or for having shielded abusers under their watch.
Cardinal Sean O’Malley calls for swift and decisive action in response to McCarrick abuse allegations.
In light of the McCarrick case, Catholic institutions struggle with the appropriate response to past awards and honors given to prelates accused of sexual abuse.
As Chile’s bishops arrive in Rome for meetings with Pope Francis on their country’s clerical sexual abuse crisis, it’s worth remembering when America’s bishops did the same in 2002.
Part two of Crux’s recap of the U.S. Church in 2017.
Following the death of Cardinal Bernard Law, further scrutiny into clerical sexual abuses ensues.
After the sex abuse crisis began, protocols were put into place and now all U.S. dioceses and eparchies undergo independent audits of their current sexual abuse policies and practices and give detailed reports on complaints against their clergy since 1950.