Piecemeal but Concrete Beginnings of Reform

Stephen White of Catholic University writes about the Holy Father’s acceptance of the resignation of auxiliary Bishop Salazar after alleged “misconduct with a minor.”

“The Salazar case is a textbook example of the need for independent, lay involvement in the review of allegations of sexual misconduct against bishops. Whether that should be done through the establishment of a national board for the review of charges of episcopal misconduct or through the use of existing diocesan review boards (the so-called “metropolitan model”) is a matter of debate, as we saw last month in Baltimore. But the bishops simply lack the credibility to police their own ranks without outside help.”

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