NCR calls for "radical reform of Catholic clerical culture and the meaning of ordination itself" in an editorial that also calls for independent investigations at every level of the church, publication of names of credibly accused priests in every diocese and the abolition of confidentiality agreements of victims.
Of the conservative bishops releasing statements of praise for Archbishop Carlo Vigano, Michael Sean Winters says they "seem to have forgotten that they took an oath of fidelity to the pope in the presence of his nuncio, not an oath to the nuncio in the presence of the pope." It clear that Pope Francis’ critics will stop at nothing to take him down, he writes, and that"calls for "lay leadership" are a smokescreen for the ambitions to power harbored by those like Busch who simply hate the pope."
The president of the traditionalist Ave Maria University has released a statement condemning the Vigano letter and noting that most conservative Catholics — especially students at Ave Maria — "love Pope Francis and support him wholeheartedly." Jim Towey warns that "some members of the hierarchy assert their opinions as if they were elected pope instead of Francis."
Catholic News Service has uncovered video of Vigano saying McCarrick is "very much love [by] us all" at a 2012 gala honoring the former Washington archbishop. America magazine has also documented how McCarrick kept up a "robust public presence" during the years he was allegedly sanctioned.
Meanwhile, an Italian journalist has reported that Vigano is in hiding and apparently fearful for his life. Maybe that's not so crazy, given that a conservative columnist camped outside a house where McCarrick was said to be living, demanding an interview.
Our columnist Jamie Manson gives her first-hand account of the pope's visit and the World Meeting of Families in Ireland. She says most Irish she met had little tolerance for either, seeing them as PR moves by the church.