- Oct 20, 2020
Catholic experts told an Australian government commission that it is essential for the church to re-examine its culture of clericalism so as to put an end to clergy sexual abuse. Father Thomas Doyle, who served as a canon lawyer at the Vatican nunciature in Washington, called clericalism “a virus that has infected the church.”
In her new book “Nel Nome di Pietro” (“In the Name of Peter”), Vatileaks 2.0 defendant Francesca Chaouqui provides few new revelations of Vatican financial scandals, instead trying to reframe her own image from femme fatale to idealistic reformer who ran afoul of powerful vested interests.
Two stories this week, one in Italy and the other in the States, both highlight missed opportunities for real reform on clerical sexual abuse, born of trafficking in stereotypes and straw men rather than engaging the nitty-gritty of reality in the Catholic Church.
In a nutshell, Pope Francis’s approach to difficult personnel choices is to keep people in place, while entrusting the real responsibility to somebody else and thus rendering the original official, if not quite irrelevant, certainly less consequential.
Australian police have questioned Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, in Rome in relation to accusations of alleged historic sexual abuse. The cardinal continues to insist there is no foundation to the claims.
A deal between the Vatican and Italy on taxation of income from accounts at the Vatican bank was decreed by the Secretariat of State, not the new Secretariat for the Economy, confirming that for Pope Francis, more and more reform is a blend of the old and the new.