05 July 2017, The Tablet

On abuse, Vatican keeps on failing


If reports are correct, it is impossible to see how the newly appointed Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer SJ, can take up his new post. Together with the then Prefect, Cardinal William Levada, he is said in 2012 to have put his name to a letter calling for secrecy “lest it cause a scandal amongst the faithful”, about a parish priest convicted – by a tribunal inside the Vatican itself – of several counts of the sexual abuse of children. The fear of causing scandal is precisely what lies behind the numerous cases where abuse has been covered up by church authorities, which has caused such uproar all over the world.

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