One bishop reportedly shielded a priest accused of sexually molesting an 11-year-old boy, and the other spent $600,000 on renovations to his home and offices.
Child sexual abuse
The Vatican also indicted Jozef Wesolowski on charges of serious psychological distress and harm to adolescent sexual abuse victims and repeated use of online pornography.
We say: The mere announcement of the tribunal should rouse bishops around the world from any hesitancy they may feel addressing this issue.
NCR Today: Mental health professionals should view "50 Shades of Gray" and weigh in on its psycho-social and psycho-sexual implications.
NCR Today: An arbitrator has found the Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., diocese guilty of violating five terms of a 2008 settlement and ordered the diocese to pay $1.1 million.
The Vatican has ordered the laicization of Archbishop Józef Wesołowski, former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic, accused of paying for sex with minors.
“During the last two decades” the Catholic church has “been repeatedly sued because bishops and others in authority sent priests known to have molested children to new assignments where they molested other children. This is not such a case,” a federal judge wrote in the introduction to a June 12 ruling that the Diocese of Yakima, Wash., is not liable for the 1999 sexual abuse of a 17-year-old boy by a transitional deacon.
A priest in north central Mexico has been stripped of his position by the Vatican and faces criminal charges in connection with alleged sexual abuse of a teenage boy.
The case marks the first time the Catholic Church in Mexico has turned a priest in to authorities.
The move follows instructions from Pope Francis for the Catholic Church to better protect children and take a hard line with priests accused of sexual offenses.
The new sex abuse commission sets sights on "superiors of the church [who] have not fulfilled their obligations to protect children."
Pope Francis' comments about clerical sex abuse make it clear that he is using the same tired and irrelevant playbook bishops have worn out over the past few years.