- Apr 13, 2021
To this day, a central plank in the indictment of many abuse survivors and their advocates is that the Vatican has not imposed a universal “zero tolerance” policy everywhere in the world.
A final report on the findings of an independent review of clergy abuse cases in Colorado’s three Catholic dioceses from 1950 to 2019 shows that 166 children were abused by 43 priests statewide.
Pope Francis appears to be increasingly hesitant to use the phrase “zero tolerance” in talking about the Church’s response to the clerical sexual abuse scandals, and somebody on his team may want to find an opportunity to explain why.
In his new exhortation on young people, Pope Francis did not shy away from delving into the abuse crisis as a major challenge to the Catholic Church’s credibility among youth, but a notable omission was any reference to adopting a ‘zero tolerance’ policy to clerical sexual abuse.
Sister Veronica Openibo of Nigeria said Monday that a priest who abuses a child “cannot be in the priesthood.”
Zero tolerance — that is removal of abusive priests from the priesthood — did not seem to have much support at the just concluded Vatican abuse summit.
An anti-abuse summit convened by Pope Francis is being given Super Bowl treatment by the Vatican, but its success will be judged by its results.
Pope Francis and his team are trying to “deflate” expectations for a summit on clerical sexual abuse in February, but it doesn’t seem exaggerated to hope for a clear affirmation of zero tolerance.