Wait­ing for the pope’s move

Los Angeles Times - - SUNDAY OPIN­ION -

Re “Bish­ops to be judged in abuse cases,” June11

If and when Pope Fran­cis re­moves the first bishop who moved preda­tor priests from parish to parish to rape again and again, Iwill cel­e­brate the form­ing of his tri­bunal and the pope’s step to hold Bish­ops ac­count­able.

Though Iwant to be hope­ful, I am skep­ti­cal that in­sti­tu­tions can po­lice them­selves. So far, popes and bish­ops have failed at this just to keep priests and avoid scan­dal.

It must not be for­got­ten that sex­ual abuse and rape of chil­dren is a crime. Sev­eral bish­ops have been an ac­com­plice to these crimes against chil­dren and must be sub­ject to the ju­di­cial process as all cit­i­zens.

Never in the his­tory of the Ro­man Catholic Church has a bishop been ex­pelled, de­frocked, im­pris­oned or named as an ac­com­plice to these ter­ri­ble crimes. Maybe this time will be dif­fer­ent.

Mary Dis­penza

Belle­vue, Wash.

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