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Sun Feb 7, 2016, 09:41 AM


What new Catholic bishops are, and aren’t, being told on sex abuse

Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston, head of the Pontifical Commission for Child Protection, and Sheila Hollins, professor emeritus of psychiatry of disability at St. George's University of London, attended a news conference officially launching the Center for Child Protection in Rome. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

By John L. Allen Jr.
Associate editor February 7, 2016

Given what a cancer the clerical sexual abuse scandals have been for the Catholic Church, one would imagine the Vatican would want new bishops to get a state-of-the-art presentation on best practices in terms of preventing such meltdowns in the future.

The Vatican has been running just such a training course since 2001 for newly appointed bishops around the world, and almost 30 percent of the Catholic prelates in the world today have taken it.

It’s more than a bit surprising, therefore, to discover that at least last year, the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, the body created by Pope Francis to identify “best practices” in the fight against child abuse, was not involved in the training.

What’s the point of creating a commission to promote best practices, and putting one of the Church’s most credible leaders on the abuse issue, Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, in charge of it, and yet not having it address the new leaders who will have to implement those practices?


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Sun Feb 7, 2016, 09:55 AM

1. Not surprised.

Sometimes I wonder if the system that has evolved over the years is working so well. The hierarchy should be all on the same page. How can a Church truly be Catholic (universal) if the leadership does not speak with one voice? The fact that some bad apples have found a hiding place in the Clergy is not surprising. We are talking about many people, and the percentage of bad Clergy is small compared to the general population. The part that is not acceptable is the cover up that the leadership tried. This cover up worked for centuries, and is finally coming to light. These matters must be handled fairly, and the process must be transparent. Progress is being made, but much too slowly.

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Sun Feb 7, 2016, 10:16 AM

2. All true.


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