- Jun 14, 2021
Pope Francis asked a bishop in the U.S. state of Minnesota to resign after he was investigated by the Vatican for allegedly interfering with past investigations into clergy sexual abuse, officials said Tuesday.
Polish Cardinal Henryk Gulbinowicz, retired archbishop of Wroclaw, died Nov. 16, just 10 days after the publication of Vatican disciplinary measures against him related to sexual abuse.
A prominent Polish cardinal who was recently sanctioned by the Vatican over sex scandal cases has been hospitalized since last week and remains unconscious, Polish media said Tuesday.
In an unprecedented move for the Polish Church, the Vatican banned a retired cardinal from public ministry, public appearances, and the use of the bishop’s insignia.
The case of a Polish bishop ignoring years of accusations of abuse against a parish priest has become a crucible testing the effectiveness of the Vatican’s new anti-abuse legislation.
Two archbishops in Argentina are under fire for following Pope Francis’s orders in creating an office to receive allegations of clerical abuse. They are being accused of “usurpation of the role of the State, swindles and other frauds,” an allegation some described as “grotesque.”
The Vatican presented a new high-level task force Friday intended to help national and regional bishops’ conferences around the world, as well as religious orders, to develop and update their guidelines on child protection and the fight against abuse.
Africa’s top prelate has hit back against the notion that clerical sexual abuse is a purely western problem, saying it happens on his home turf too, though he also pressed for Pope Francis’s newly minted reporting mechanism to be broadened to cover local issues.