- May 17, 2021
Most observers of new movements in the Catholic Church would say they tend to share a number of characteristics, one of which is a strong cult of personality around the founder that tends to insulate such figures from suspicion and creates a series of disincentives for bringing forth accusations or complaints.
The official responsible for Pope John Paul II’s sainthood cause says charges of cover-up for abuser clergy were investigated and “no evidence” was found.
Victims of sexual abuse by priests from the Legion of Christ in Mexico sharply criticized an internal report on pedophilia released over the weekend.
The Legion of Christ religious order, which was discredited by its pedophile founder and the cult-like practices he imposed, says an internal investigation has identified 33 priests and 71 seminarians who sexually abused minors over the past eight decades.
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of 92-year-old Cardinal Angelo Sodano, who faces questions about his role in various clerical sexual abuse scandals, as Dean of the College of Cardinals.
Going forward, in order to claim a halo, any candidate who was in a leadership position in the Church – meaning, usually, a bishop or religious superior – will have to be shown to have had “clean hands” on the abuse scandals.
Polish Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz has issued a letter thanking Pope Francis for recent comments defending the late Saint John Paul II’s holiness and his handling of the case of Mexican abuser priest Marcial Maciel.
The Mexican bishops’ conference has established a team to protect children against clerical sexual abuse, advise church leaders and develop and outline prevention protocols.