[Cardinal] Wuerl Misread the Crisis; Pope Francis Need Not

Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on how some prelates seemed to think that the 2018 crisis was about historic sexual abuse, rather than current mistrust in the honesty and accountability of bishops.

“The reopening of old wounds and the discovery of hidden crimes is painful, to be sure. But the outrage in the United States today cannot be understood apart from this elementary fact: Many of the faithful in the United States believe, with good reason, that they have been lied to by their shepherds. And many of the American faithful believe, with good reason, that they are still being lied to right now.”

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