We say: The Vatican under Francis is acting. This is progress and portends of more action. This is something to applaud.
Catholic sex abuse cases
Chicago Archbishop-designate Blase Cupich spent time serving on USCCB committees on abuse, and he voluntarily sought mediation for abuse settlements.
A Canadian archbishop visited the Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., diocese last week on behalf of the Vatican to investigate Bishop Robert Finn's leadership.
The removed bishop shot back, charging in an open letter that he was the victim of an ideological campaign by bishops in league with Vatican officials.
Pope Francis has removed a bishop from a Paraguay diocese after an apostolic visitation. The bishop had shielded a priest from accusations of sexual abuse.
The Vatican has placed former Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski under house arrest as he awaits a criminal trial for sexually abusing young boys.
The mediation between the Milwaukee archdiocese and its creditors, most of them survivors of sexual abuse, ended Tuesday without a resolution.
The bankruptcy proceedings were placed on hold pending a decision by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals related to nearly $60 million that was transferred to a trust fund shortly before the bankruptcy action was filed nearly four years ago.
Twelve professors at the St. Paul, Minn., university say "the pastoral state of the archdiocese is not sustainable."
"For a pontiff who shows boldness in other areas, when it comes to abuse, he moves very slowly and timidly. Bolder measures are needed."
Fr. Robert Oliver will be the secretary of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, which is tasked with laying out a pastoral approach to preventing abuse.