- Jul 8, 2020
A high-ranking U.S. cardinal in Boston says he is concerned about a bishop’s handling of alleged clergy abuse in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and wants the Vatican to step in.
The Archdiocese of Boston has announced changes to the way it will process and respond to letters addressed to Cardinal Séan O’Malley on matters related to sexual abuse.
Teresa Kettelkamp, a former head of the US bishops’ Child Protection Office and a member of the Vatican’s Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, said it’s hard to hold your head high as a leader in the Church “seeing all the failures.”
Saying “the truth will make you free,” the Archbishop of Dublin pointed to his archdiocese as an example of child protection done correctly but added “the factors that contribute and protect abusers have to be addressed definitively everywhere.”
Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley says he takes “full responsibility” for the failure of an allegation of sexual abuse against then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick from reaching his hands.
In a letter addressed to the People of God, Pope Francis referred to the sexual abuse crisis that has devastated the Catholic Church, saying that to say “no” to abuse is to say an emphatic “no” to all forms of clericalism.