We say: The scandal of this crisis is not only the actions of individual priests but with church structures that allowed bishops, chancery personnel to hide crimes and ignore victims.
Catholic sex abuse cases
Opinion: Survivors who meet with Pope Francis should be supported. It is an act of great courage and no victim should be forced or guilted out of it.
Faith and Justice: The pope gave the press lots to write about after Francis held a free-wheeling press conference aboard an airplane again.
Some victims' advocates dismissed the upcoming meeting as "meaningless" while others endorsed it as a positive step, though long overdue.
Pope Francis has warned he has "zero tolerance" for child sex abuse in the Catholic church and revealed that the Vatican is currently investigating three bishops.
But the pope did not name names, and Vatican officials on Tuesday declined to comment.
So who are the three bishops under Vatican investigation? The speculation is that the pope likely was referring to three clerics:
Aboard the papal plane: Pope Francis said he will meet with six to eight sex abuse victims and confirmed an investigation of the Vatican's former secretary of state.
The U.N. Committee Against Torture urged the Vatican to impose "meaningful sanctions" on any church authority who fails to follow church law in dealing with allegations of sexual abuse.
Fr. Israel Berrios was arrested Tuesday by federal authorities for allegedly transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and sexual trafficking of minors.
Fr. Harry Quigg continued to perform baptisms, weddings and funerals despite being removed from ministry after abuse allegations in 2004. How? The archbishop at the time never revealed his name.
The Vatican has effectively addressed the "worldwide scourge" of clerical sexual abuse over the past decade, a United Nations panel heard Tuesday.