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Ann Telnaes' Editorial Cartoons

Published 2019-02-22 (Image 176520)

The Vatican is holding a summit to discuss the problem of clerical sexual abuse. Leading bishops from around the world are attending the 4-day gathering. Expectations for concrete solutions are being downplayed by church officials and instead described as one phase in a long process. Youd think the Vatican would be further along at this point. In 2002, the Boston Globes investigative reporting exposed the Catholic archdiocese of Bostons patter of covering up sexual abuse of children by priests. Rather than report all these priests to the authorities, church leaders moved them to a different parish, even multiple times, when those priests sexually abused again. Church documents showed that the archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Bernard Law, had knowledge of many of these cases yet repeatedly said he didnt remember. I dont recall. Cardinal Law eventually resigned, but instead of ensuring Law faced legal action, Pope John Paul II gave him a position at the Vatican that included a large, comfortable apartment and, according to the N.Y. Times, A $12,000 monthly stipend. Cardinal Law died in 2017. Its long past time for reform from the Vatican.

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