The Vatican has blocked a plan by Catholic leaders in America to confront child sexual abuse.
In a directive issued on Monday, the Vatican told US bishops to hold off voting on measures that were supposed to address the child sex abuse crisis in the U.S. Church.
The US bishops want to vote on two measures that would hold them (the bishops) more accountable. Pope Francis says no. Even the bishops were shocked by this move. Is the pope completely tone deaf?https://t.co/ugVsMl4I8B
— Gus Lloyd (@GusLloydTweets) November 12, 2018
Anne Barrett Doyle, co-director of BishopAccountability.org a group that compiles data on clergy abuse, called the last-minute order from the Vatican “truly incredible” adding that “What we see here is the Vatican again trying to suppress even modest progress by the U.S. bishops”
Life Site reports: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) President Cardinal Daniel DiNardo informed the bishops of the request at the opening of the USCCB Fall General Assembly Monday in Baltimore. The meeting has been highly anticipated with the bishops’ plan to address the latest developments in the sex abuse scandal as a full body for the first time since the early days of the crisis in 2002.
“At the insistence of the Holy See we will not be voting on the two actions items in our documentation regarding the abuse crisis,” DiNardo said. “That is the standards of accountability for bishops and the special commission for receiving complaints against bishops.”
“The Holy See has asked that we delay voting on these so that our deliberations can inform and be informed by the global meeting of the conference presidents that the Holy Father has called for February 2019.