Editorial: The "We didn't know" defense in sex abuse cases wears thin in the light of the recently released documents from Los Angeles.
"Ten years into the greatest crisis the Church has faced since the Reformation, most American bishops still haven’t begun to grasp the problem" of clergy sex abuse.
Not the words of a clergy sex abuse victim or advocate, but those of Phil Lawler, the editor and director of the not exactly progressive Catholic World News.
NCR Today: Los Angeles' archbishop says he and his predecessor, Cardinal Roger Mahony, are "committed to moving forward" after the release of files on sex abuse.
All Things Catholic: In 2010, one cardinal got in trouble with the Vatican when he criticized another prelate. Why didn't this happen to Archbishop Gomez in Los Angeles?
Fr. Jim Connell sent an open email asking for Mahony's spot to be given to a range of experts as well as those directly affected by the scandal.
We say: The rebuke of L.A. Cardinal Mahony and release of documents are a moral victory -- an imperfect victory, but a victory nonetheless.
NCR Today: Cardinal Roger Mahony issued a rare public response to his successor's condemnation, saying no questions were raised about the archdiocese's policies.
Cardinal Roger Mahony has been barred from public ministry for his alleged failures to protect young people from abusive priests.
We say: What the church finds deserving of its wrath in light of what it will tolerate to preserve the clerical culture is increasingly inexplicable to anyone outside that culture.
An African who says an Irish missionary priest sexually abused him when he was a student will have his case heard in Ireland later this year.