“We have now no remark right now,” Paloma Ovejero, deputy director of the Vatican’s press workplace, mentioned Wednesday.
However in the USA and elsewhere, strain is mounting on Pope Francis to deal with a quickly escalating disaster that has unfold throughout a number of continents, from Australia to Latin America.
In the USA, each liberal and conservative Catholics displayed a uncommon unity in urgent the Pope to reply to the Pennsylvania grand jury report.
“The silence from the Vatican is disturbing,” mentioned Massimo Faggioli, a theology professor at Villanova College in Pennsylvania. “I do not assume the Pope essentially has to say one thing as we speak. He wants time to grasp the scenario. However somebody from the Vatican ought to say one thing.”
Faggioli famous that Wednesday is a nationwide vacation in Italy, and plenty of church places of work are closed. However he additionally famous that it was well-known that Pennsylvania’s grand jury report, which was within the works since 2016, can be launched on Tuesday.
“I do not assume they perceive in Rome that this isn’t only a continuation of the sexual abuse disaster in the USA,” Faggioli mentioned. “It is a complete totally different chapter. There must be individuals in Rome telling the Pope this data, however they don’t seem to be, and that is without doubt one of the greatest issues on this hold forth — and it is getting worse.”
Matthew Schmitz, an editor at First Issues, a conservative Catholic journal, mentioned, “Francis has been unfairly attacked at occasions for his response to clergy sexual abuse. However his response has been disappointing. I hope that sufficient strain could be created that he does act to research these points.”
Earlier this month, Schmitz was one in all a number of dozen younger Catholics who wrote an open letter to Francis, telling him they’re indignant over yet one more case of abuse: the allegations towards former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, former archbishop of Washington and some of the highly effective figures within the American church.
McCarrick, who not too long ago resigned from the church’s Faculty of Cardinals, has been accused of molesting younger boys and seminarians — accusations he denies.
Schmitz and different Catholics say that whereas many clergymen have been punished for abusing minors, the bishops who lined up the crimes have largely escaped punishment, a degree echoed in Tuesday’s report from the grand jury in Pennsylvania.
“Monks have been raping little girls and boys, and the boys of God who have been answerable for them not solely did nothing; they hid all of it,” the grand jury mentioned. “For many years. Monsignors, auxiliary bishops, bishops, archbishops, cardinals have principally been protected; many, together with some named on this report, have been promoted.”
The report mentioned inside paperwork from six Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania present that greater than 300 “predator clergymen” have been credibly accused of sexually abusing greater than 1,000 baby victims.
The grand jury described the church’s strategies as “a playbook for concealing the reality” after FBI brokers recognized a sequence of practices they present in diocese recordsdata.
The grand jurors mentioned that “nearly each occasion of abuse we discovered is simply too outdated to be prosecuted.” However prices have been filed towards two clergymen, one in Erie diocese and one other in Greensburg diocese, who’ve been accused of abusing minors.
At a information convention saying the report’s launch, Pennsylvania Legal professional Normal Josh Shapiro referred to as it the “largest, most complete report into baby sexual abuse inside the Catholic Church ever produced in the USA.”
Though the Vatican declined to remark, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the US Convention of Catholic Bishops, and Bishop Timothy L. Doherty, chair of the bishops’ Committee for the Safety of Kids and Younger Folks, issued a press release:
“The report of the Pennsylvania grand jury once more illustrates the ache of those that have been victims of the crime of sexual abuse by particular person members of our clergy, and by those that shielded abusers and so facilitated an evil that continued for years and even a long time,” they mentioned.
“As a physique of bishops, we’re shamed by and sorry for the sins and omissions by Catholic clergymen and Catholic bishops.”