- May 13, 2021
After Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston withdrew from the World Meeting of Families in Ireland to handle sex abuse allegations at St. John’s Seminary, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington has followed suit — in his case, due to allegations in a Pennsylvania Grand Jury report that he mishandled abuse charges while the Bishop of Pittsburgh.
At an Aug. 17 news conference, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, said that in response to the release of the grand jury report on abuse claims in six Pennsylvania dioceses over a 70- year period, he will collect and release a list of the names of priests in the diocese he currently heads who committed similar offenses.
Bishop Lawrence T. Persico said the only way to regain the trust of the laity after decades-long claims of sexual abuse by priests and others at six Pennsylvania dioceses is by deeds and one of those deeds may mean getting rid of bishops who hid abusers.
Attorneys general around the U.S. have been largely silent this week about any plans to conduct an investigation like Pennsylvania’s that uncovered widespread child sexual abuse in six Catholic dioceses.
“Sorrow, disgust, outrage — these are righteous feelings” for all to have in reaction to the latest abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, Cardinal Blase J. Cupich said in an Aug. 17 statement.