From the mouth of Pope Francis, and it seems especially apt for American Catholics these days:
A priest who does this betrays the Body of the Lord, because this priest must lead this child, this boy, this girl, to sanctity, and this boy or girl trusts in him; and instead of leading them to sanctity he abuses them. This is very serious. It is like, by way of comparison, holding a black mass.
Bishops are under scrutiny for mismanagement of sex predators:
At the moment there are three bishops under investigations: one has already been found guilty and we are now considering the penalty to be imposed. There are no privileges.
SNAP executive director David Clohessy on Pope Francis’ upcoming Mass and meeting with abuse survivors:
The simple truth is this is another gesture, another public relations coup, another nice bit of symbolism that will leave no child better off and bring no real reform to a continuing, scandal-ridden church hierarchy.
Mr Clohessy can be a cynic. It’s not his job to be a Pope Francis groupie. But the pope will continue at an acceptable or less-than-acceptable pace–probably the latter–and there’s little SNAP can do about it. I’m interested to see where these investigations of bishops are heading.
Well, I suspect the bishops under investigation are those who have themselves been predators, directly, and that there is continued slience about episcopal enablers.