Hard questions loom for the Montana diocese, which described the Chapter 11 filing as "a major step toward bringing resolution to 72 current claims of abuse of minors."
Catholic sex abuse cases in the United States
We say: Cardinal Timothy Dolan's effort in designing a compensation program for victims of clergy sex abuse works against a history of activity of the U.S. hierarchy that does not inspire trust.
Church officials who covered up sex abuse should be punished. But before we unequivocally support extending the statute of limitations, other factors need to be considered.
The U.S. bishops' conference released May 20 its 13th Annual Report on the Implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.