Two Popes. Zero Solutions. Where’s the Hope?

By Anne Barrett Doyle

April 20, 2019

As Catholics celebrate Easter, the institutional church stands more exposed than at any point in its history.

Prosecutors and lawmakers around the world are ending the impunity of Catholic church leaders who enable abuse or commit abuse themselves.

*In the United States, attorneys general in more than 15 states have launched investigations or reviews of their local dioceses.

*In two of the most populous Catholic states, New York and New Jersey, thousands of older church victims may soon be able to file lawsuits, thanks to new changes in the states’ statutes of limitations.

*Outside the U.S., in just the last six weeks: Police in India have charged a bishop for raping a nun; a French court convicted the cardinal-archbishop of Lyon for violating the nation’s mandatory reporting law; and the Pope’s former finance czar, Cardinal George Pell of Australia, was sentenced to six years in prison for sexually abusing two choirboys.

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