The Pope addressed the American Cardinals today concerning their problems with priests molesting minors. Text here.
The Pope makes it clear that such conduct is unacceptable. (Better late than never.) But in my mind, he didn’t go nearly far enough with respect to the Church hierarchy’s coverup. Here’s what he said about that:
IOW, he’s still soft-pedaling the actions of the hierarchy.
He goes on to say to the cardinals:
That’s well and good, but - whether we’re talking about Swaggart or Bakker or Cardinal Law - when a religious leader has committed a major betrayal of the trust placed in him, he should await that conversion as a member of the flock, and not as its shepherd.
That point needs to be made here, now more than ever.
It’s an OK start, if it’s only a start. But if the Vatican’s response doesn’t go considerably beyond this statement, it’s just not good enough.