The solution to this problem (of not reporting clergy sexual abuse) is for Pope Francis to agree to the demands of two United Nations Committees and the wishes of the Catholic Bishops Conferences of the United States, England and Wales, Ireland and Australia to impose mandatory reporting under canon law irrespective of whether there are civil reporting laws. Regrettably, in September 2014, Pope Francis rejected the requests of the United Nations Committees. He is an absolute monarch when it comes to canon law, and he can change it with the stroke of a pen. The problem of the cover up will continue to fester until he does so.”
By Kieran Tapsell, National Catholic Reporter — Click here to read the rest of this article. Kieran Tapsell is the author of the 2014 book Potiphar’s Wife: The Vatican’s Secret and Child Sexual Abuse.