The Vatican has been playing damage control ever since the clergy abuse scandal was uncovered.
Catholics all around the world have been calling for change right now.
But the Pope may have just shot himself in the foot with this move in the aftermath of the scandals.
The U.S. Catholic bishops were set to vote on proposed protocols to help prevent any sexual assault cases in the future.
But Pope Francis and the Vatican just told the American bishops to delay a vote on any action.
The Vatican said we don’t want the victims to “heal on our timeline.”
The Guardian writes:
In an abrupt change of plans, a US conference of Catholic bishops has delayed any votes on proposed new steps to address the clergy sex abuse crisis following an intervention from the Vatican.
The president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops opened the group’s national meeting on Monday by announcing it will delay any votes on the issue that has been rocking the church for at least several months.
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, of Galveston-Houston, said the delay was requested by the Holy See, which asked that the US bishops wait until after a Vatican-convened global meeting on sex abuse in February.
The church, he said, should not revictimize survivors “by demanding they heal on our timeline”.
DiNardo expressed disappointment at the delay on the vote but also told the US bishops: “I remain hopeful that this additional consultation will ultimately improve our response to the crisis we face.”
The delay in the voting drew some skeptical and critical reactions.
“We had this agenda, we were moving forward on these documents, this was our goal,” said Bishop Christopher Coyne, of the Vermont diocese of Burlington, and the communications chair for the three-day conference. “And now … it will look like we don’t have to come up with much.”
There is no detriment to allowing the US bishops to enact real change to prevent this from happening in the future.
But Pope Francis’ goal in doing this is to make himself look good after all is said and done regarding the abuse scandals.
He wants to make it seem as though he is reforming the Catholic Church from the top down, instead of the bottom-up.
But he isn’t exactly getting away with it.
Many of the bishops were critical of the move by the Vatican to delay the vote on protocol changes.
Catholics all across the world want serious change to accountability within the Church.
But it appears Pope Francis just wants to ensure that his legacy isn’t tainted by this massive scandal.
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