Francis, the Talking Pope, has announced a new, improved official policy regarding bishops who "mishandle sexual abuse" cases. This seems redundant, as clearly HRCC has had a policy in place for at least most of my lifetime, and almost certainly many more years than that.
Case in point, the Catholic Church priest rape scandal began in Boston during the tenure of then Archbishop Bernard Francis Law. After years of scandalous revelations, one after another, it became blatantly self evident that the Catholic Church was operating a secret New Parish Merry Go Round, and that every time a priest was caught molesting a child they got a free ride.
Eventually there were steadily increasing calls for the arrest and prosecution of by then Cardinal Law, and just as the furor in the press reached fever pitch, Cardinal Law was "promoted" to the Vatican. Since it is a make-believe nation this puts Cardinal Law beyond the reach of US prosecutors, there is no extradition treaty between the US and Make Believe City.
So, I wonder is the new form of punishment worse in any way than the current reward structure?
"Let us hear the cry of the victims and those suffering, no family without a home, no child without a childhood," Francis tweeted on Saturday.
The Holy Roman Catholic Church is the undisputed world leader in child molestations.