10 October 2018, The Tablet

Clerical abuse: prelates must be treated as priests


The child sexual abuse scandal continues to taint all other business in the Catholic Church and refuses to go away. Nor should it. The focus of attention is now on issues of accountability and trust – how well have those responsible for the government of the Church kept to their own rules regarding allegations of sex abuse?

Archbishop (formerly Cardinal) Theodore McCarrick is the most troubling case, but there are others. The allegations made by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, retired papal nuncio to the United States, were that important people in the Church, right up to and including Pope Francis, had shielded Archbishop McCarrick from proper investigation

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