- Jul 25, 2021
Australian Cardinal George Pell, formerly the Vatican’s top official on financial affairs, said he believes the pope’s recent reforms signal progress, and called for additional competent laypeople to be involved in the process.
Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago spoke at a sex abuse conference in Mexico City, saying that cleaning up the crisis begins at a level of “solidarity with the victims, embracing our connection with them, at the deep level of our common vulnerability.”
An Italian priest was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly drugging and sexually abusing members of his parish.
Amid the legal wrangling surrounding the long-standing clergy sexual abuse crisis, Barbara Thorp, a social worker who formerly led the Archdiocese of Boston’s office that supports and cares for abuse survivors, wants Catholic leaders to know that healing among survivors is a far more important path to pursue.
The concept of “pontifical secrecy,” if not quite on life support, has certainly seen better days.
At a Vatican news conference Saturday, several members of the pope’s A-team on the abuse crisis called for greater transparency.
Accountability and engaging lay people are key in addressing the sexual abuse crisis in the Church, an Italian canonist told the bishops.
Pope Francis has asked the presidents of bishops’ conferences from around the world to consider not publishing the names of priests accused of sexual abuse “before a preliminary investigation and final sentence.”