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Revelations of US cardinal sex abuse will force pope’s hand

Revelations of US cardinal sex abuse will force pope’s hand



2018-07-21T18:45:01+0000

Revelations that one of the most respected U.S. cardinals allegedly sexually abused both boys and adult seminarians have raised questions about who in the Catholic Church hierarchy knew — and what Pope Francis is going to do about it.

The stiffest punishment that an ordinary priest would face if such an accusation is proven would be dismissal from the clerical state, or laicization.


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