We say: Pope Francis must hold bishops liable for their actions (and inactions) when it comes to the child sex abuse scandal.
The head of the Catholic church's child safeguarding watchdog said he is encouraged by the latest audits of the handling of abuse allegations by dioceses and a religious congregation.
Ian Elliott, head of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church, said the seven audits, published Wednesday, show "clear evidence of steady progress in developing robust safeguarding structures" in the church.
Opinion: As Francis embarks on a papacy rooted in Gospel values, a cloud of unresolved and inadequately addressed ecclesiastical cover-up envelops the Vatican.
The cardinal represented "a pattern of conduct of circling the wagons" to protect clerics and bishops, said Justice Anne Burke.
Several patients and former employees testified about the squalid conditions they saw at Dr. Kermit Gosnell's abortion clinic. Prosecutors seek the death penalty.
Advocates of child sex abuse victims gathered in New York last week to raise money and discuss how to prevent future abuse.
Archbishop Jerome Hanus retired for health reasons and not because of the pending depositions. "I await the opportunity to be deposed," he said.
A major European regulator will conduct an expanded evaluation of the Vatican's latest efforts to prevent money laundering and the funding of terrorism.
Moneyval, the monitoring Committee of the Council of Europe, agreed Tuesday to expand its next scheduled review of Vatican policies and procedures. The decision came in response to a request from the Vatican.
The number of cases still pending is down to seven.
The Green Bay, Wis., diocese agreed to a $700,000 settlement with two brothers in a case that appeared headed toward a second trial.