Pope Francis, Cardinal Marc Ouellet and an official Vatican statement seem to be laying the groundwork for an admission that mistakes were made in handling allegations that Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick engaged in sexual misconduct and even abuse.
A conversation between Simcha Fisher and Bill McGarvey, two columnists for America. They discuss the Kavanaugh hearing and more via email.
Since dropping his bombshell letter, the archbishop has gone into hiding, making intermittent statements to those news outlets who share his opposition to Francis.
Many Catholic bishops and priests are frustrated by the continued coverage of the sex abuse crisis in the media. They believe they have fixed the problem and the church should be able to move on.
Since hearings began on Sept. 4, they have been marked by daily interruptions—in the audience and from the dais.