- Oct 27, 2020
“Accountability,” in the full American sense of the word, is finally crossing the Tiber in the Pope Francis era.
The host of a new podcast documenting the clerical sexual abuse crisis in the United States has said the message those behind it want to send is that while important steps have been taken, it is far from over.
When it comes to reform efforts of any sort, the Vatican doesn’t just face challenges in the here-and-now. It also faces a historical trust deficit, grounded in genuine episodes of cover-up and scandal which have been part of the Vatican’s history almost as much as Bernini’s colonnade and the Swiss Guard.
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.
A close second in terms of who benefits from Tuesday’s acquittal of Cardinal George Pell is the Vatican, because the heavy lifting of evaluating the evidence has been done by someone else.
Facing a ticking clock on several fronts, the coronavirus has bought Pope Francis and his Vatican team some time.