Jul 11, 2018
If there is one thing news from around the world has proven over the course of the first half of 2018, it is that the crisis of clerical sexual abuse is persistent, deeply entrenched, and global in scope. Quick fixes are unacceptable. Leadership at every level must make hard decisions, and soon. The universal governance of the Church entrusted to the Roman Pontiff must lead the way.
While Pope Francis considers the steps to take in Chile and elsewhere, there are things he can do as pastor of the Church in practical expression of his stated conviction that every member of the body of Christ must be a part of the solution. Here are three specific steps he can take:
--Order every diocesan bishop to offer two public Masses each month, one in suffrage for the souls of suicides as a result of abuse, and one of general reparation for abuse.
--Order local ordinaries to dedicate one oratory to permanent reparation, where once a month, public acts before the Blessed Sacrament are to be made for the sins of abuser clerics. He should offer plenary indulgence under the usual conditions for laity who participate.