Cardinal Hummes’ idea to pray wasn’t an original. An American suggested it six years ago, according to this CNS News Hub link:
Archbishop Foley’s idea didn’t go anywhere at the time. Or at least it didn’t seem to — the path of Vatican initiatives is often circuitous and lengthy.
Today, nearly six years later, much has changed. The Vatican has had ample time to reflect on the damage caused by sex abuse. There is a new pope, of course, and more to the point there is a new head of the Congregation for Clergy in Cardinal Hummes.
His predecessor, Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, will be remembered by many journalists for refusing to answer questions about sex abuse during a Vatican press conference in March 2002 — a week after Archbishop Foley made his proposal of churchwide prayer.
Okay, that clarifies it for me: let’s pile on Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos. Hummes is officially a good guy now.