- Apr 5, 2020
Facing a ticking clock on several fronts, the coronavirus has bought Pope Francis and his Vatican team some time.
On Friday, President Donald Trump will become the first U.S. president to attend the March for Life in Washington. According to Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Texas, his participation is a political move in an election year.
Theodore McCarrick, the former cardinal who was laicized by the Vatican in 2019 after numerous claims of abuse by him were substantiated, moved Jan. 3 from the Capuchin Franciscan friary in Kansas where he had been living since late 2018.
At least for the early part of 2020, it seems likely the biggest papal bombshells will come in things the pope is expected to publish.
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.
The clergy sexual abuse crisis continued to command a large amount of attention and action from the U.S. bishops throughout 2019.