Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Pope Francis: The Great Accuser is hunting bishops these days; Update: Wuerl to discuss resigning with pope
The most acute problem at hand for the Catholic Church is not that the devil is looking for priests and bishops to accuse, but that enough of both are known internally to be guilty and yet remain protected by this silence. The episcopacy in the Vatican and here in the US keeps insisting that the problems have been addressed and solved, only to discover one of the highest-ranking cardinals in the US was a well-known sexual predator for decades without anyone taking effective action against him, and that hundreds of priests in just Pennsylvania were never brought to justice for their crimes against the vulnerable. The denials and the silence are stripping the Catholic Church of all its moral credibility to engage in the spiritual warfare that Francis highlights, and robs Catholics across the board of our ability to engage on important moral questions in our public life.