The Vatican still does not grasp the gravity of the abuse crisis. That is the inescapable conclusion after the events of the past week.
Let’s review the latest developments:
■ A leaked report from the German Church said that between 1946 and 2014, 1,670 priests abused 3,677 minors.
■ A Dutch newspaper alleged that between 1945 and 2010, 20 out of 39 of the country’s bishops and cardinals covered up abuse. Four of them were themselves abusers.
■ As we went to press, we were still waiting to hear whether the Vatican will approve an inquiry into the case of disgraced ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, the bishops’ conference president, had announced on August 16 that he would travel to Rome to ask for an investigation. He was finally granted a papal audience audience last week, but emerged with no news about an inquiry.
■ The Vatican announced a meeting of the world’s bishops’ conference presidents to discuss the crisis in five months’ time. The delay suggests a lack of urgency.
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