Finally, 17 years to the month after a major clergy sex scandal forced them to crack down on priests who abuse children, the Catholic bishops of the United States have set up a system designed — at least in theory — to hold their own feet to the fire if they cover up abuse.
The Vatican released a document aimed at confronting an “educational crisis” over gender and sexuality. The report, issued by the Congregation for Catholic Education, aimed to address the “disorientation” Catholic leaders see regarding gender, sexuality, and biology. They say this confusion has destabilized “the family as an institution” and sought to “cancel out the differences between men and women” by acting as if they are “merely the product of historical and cultural conditioning.”
In response to a tweet by a Catholic bishop, The Viewco-host Sunny Hostin said she knows Jesus would attend a pride parade “with pride,” further contending that “being at a pride parade would be much safer for a child than it has been to be in a Catholic church for many years.”
All Catholic priests and nuns worldwide are now required to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-up by their superiors as part of a sweeping new law implemented Thursday by Pope Francis. The law also includes whistle-blower protections for reporters.
In the dirt courtyard of St. Teresa’s Women’s College, in this port city in the southern Indian state of Kerala, a group of nuns cast curious glances toward a knot of chatty first-year students huddled together. The young women are mindful not to speak too loud, lest the sisters overhear the topic of their conversation — the alleged rape of a nun by the bishop who oversees a local religious order.