“Archbishop John Nienstedt announced that Pope Francis has accepted his resignation as archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis and Auxiliary Bishop Lee A. Piché after Minnesota prosecutors charged the archdiocese with the “mishandling of repeated complaints of sexual misconduct against a priest.”
The reason for the resignation is listed as the miss-management of sexual abuse issues. It’s about time that a bishop resigns. I have too wonder is it because of the newly formed tribunal set to rule on punishment or exoneration of the handling of sexual abuse issues.
How long has this taken??? Three popes, 12 years since the Archdiocese of Boston scandal first hit the press, the nation and then the world. Scandal around the world and then finally something public to address the issue. Was stuff done in private to address the problem of sexually abusive clergy in diocese and archdiocese, or was the issue ignored??? Because this has been such a public scandal public measures to address it should not have taken 12 years to manifest. The perception has been that the Church just does not care. Because of that perception many people left the Church. True a lot of those people where just looking for an excuse to leave. The moral authority of the Church, which comes from God, also took a hit. The bishops have been seen by some, wrongly so, to be the moral authority and they have been anything less than moral on this issue. All men are sinners, even bishops, GOD IS INCAPEBLE OF SIN. But it seems that it has been God who has taken the brunt of the blame.
Monsignor Bill Lynn is in prison for failing to protect children in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Bishop Finn was convicted of harboring a sexual predator among his clergy and he has since been removed, an archbishop and an auxiliary have resigned due to their miss-management of clergy sexual abuse accusations, a special tribunal to investigate the bishops handling of sexual abuse cases has been formed by Pope Francis. The cynical me would say too little too late but it’s never to late to right a long standing wrong especially when children are involved.
And still more needs to be done.