- May 7, 2021
Pope Francis legendarily has a keen sense of justice and a hard-wired bias in favor of the underdog, but it’s also clear that Francis, like pretty much every reformer pope before him, is still struggling with the institutional translation of those core instincts.
Three witnesses testified that Italian Cardinal Angelo Comastri, who was relieved of his position as Archpriest of St. Peter’s Basilica last Saturday by Pope Francis, or his aides, had been aware of sexual abuse allegations at a pre-seminary on Vatican grounds and took no action.
Several former students told a Vatican court that they experienced an “unhealthy” environment at a minor seminary inside the Vatican.
An abuse case currently before the Vatican’s tribunal involving a pre-seminary on Vatican grounds is a high-risk, high-reward proposition for Pope Francis.