Waiting for the pope’s move
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.