Some people have claimed for years that gay clergy and celibacy are central to sex abuse by Catholic clergy. A new report about decades of clergy sex abuse by Southern Baptist ministers shows those claims as false and foolish.
Comparing the task facing the church to the Herculean labor of cleaning the Augean stables, Collins said she believes significant change can occur only with continuous pressure "by lay people who love the church."
The proposed apostolic constitution for reforming and governing the Roman Curia is expected to emphasize the church's missionary mandate with the creation of a "super-dicastery" merging two offices dedicated to evangelization.
Cardinal Sean O'Malley told members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors how much Pope Francis appreciated their efforts, particularly their proposal for a summit of leaders of the world's bishops' conferences.
In separate interviews with NCR, Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich and Maltese Archbishop Charles Scicluna both said the Vatican should begin disclosing the reasons for a Catholic prelate's removal from office. Among other topics, they also talked about seminary culture and about inclusion of women in synods of bishops.
One of the most pressing questions about the clergy sexual abuse crisis is how the church should deal with bishops who are accused of covering up allegations of abuse or who have committed abuse themselves.
Vatican City: Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said such an office could be focused on ensuring "integrity in the church" and would be a way of signaling the seriousness of the problems facing the worldwide institution.