It was not just that Pope Francis announced he would be meeting with victims next month. Nor was it that he compared the molestation of children to a black Mass, an incarnation of evil. Nor was it that he uttered the words "zero tolerance" without which various Church officials will always find some wiggle room to protect friends. No, the biggest point that Pope Francis made in his press conference on the plane back from the Holy Land was that there are three bishops under investigation, apparently not for actually abusing a child but for failing to enforce church law against abusers. We know about the former nuncio in the Dominican Republic, the Polish Archbishop Wesolowski. Who are the others? Could Kansas City's long diocesan nightmare be over sooner than we had hoped?
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In This Issue
- Through expressive writing, Eugene Kennedy espoused a rich sacramental vision
- In postwar Sarajevo, Francis calls on all to make peace proactively
- Hillary Clinton, phosphates, and the Western Sahara
- This issue's Special Section: Global Faith
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