following U.S. cardinals' meeting at Vaticanto address sex abuse scandal
J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
April 24, 2002
the Holy Father has focused the issue of clergy sexual misconduct in such
a serious and direct way. This week's discussions at the Vatican were
a good beginning. They provide the foundation for a very fruitful meeting
of the U.S. bishops in June. I think every bishop understands the urgency
of addressing this problem consistently and rigorously, not only at the
local level but nationally.
"This is a
painful moment for all Catholics in the United States. My hope and expectation
is that the purification we're experiencing now will lead to a stronger
Church in the years ahead."