Pope Francis has created a special commission to advise him on the protection of minors and the reform of church procedures. One glaring area that must be addressed has been the Vatican’s failure to punish members of the church hierarchy who took part in the widespread, systematic cover-up of the pedophilia scandal and shielded priests from being charged in the criminal courts.
“For all the pope’s heartfelt comments, his and the church’s record on this shameful issue will depend considerably on whether Francis calls diocesan leaders to account for their crucial role in perpetuating the scandal.”
The above are the last two paragraphs in an editorial in The New York Times today. You can click here to read the rest of the editorial, but particularly interesting is NYT’s calling “diocesan leaders to account for their crucial role in perpetuating the scandal.”