Why Aren’t Errant Bishops Held Accountable?

Voice of the Faithful® has called repeatedly over many years for accountability for bishops who have covered up clergy sexual abuse. Why? Read Nicholas Cafardi’s article Accountability Gap, which appears in the June 11, 2013, issue of Commonweal magazine. Cafardi is a civil and canon lawyer, dean emeritus and professor of law at Duquesne University School of Law and one of the original members of the USCCB’s National Review Board for the Protection of Children and Youth.

When the spotlight of the national press was on them, it appeared that the bishops had acted responsibly. But, as an inaugural member of the bishops’ National Review Board for the Protection of Children and Youth, I had a different perspective. When the board went looking for national data about the phenomenon of sexual abuse by clergy, the California bishops, led by Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles (now retired), strongly resisted the audits. By Nicholas Cafardi, Commonweal

Read Cafardi’s entire article in Commonweal by clicking here.

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  1. #1 by Gloria Sullivan on June 12, 2013 - 1:55 PM

    No one needs a church (institution)…”We are the Church” , the people who follow the Lord Jesus Christ! Not a bunch of men who follow their own desires. The KINGDOM OF GOD IS WITHIN… The Holy Spirit guides us.


  2. #2 by Jan Fredericks on June 12, 2013 - 10:57 AM

    The Church (or rather those who are false leaders of the Church) needs to follow Biblical teachings concerning civil law, and disciplining those within the Body of Christ. Instead they hire lawyer, pay hush money, etc……. They will all need to answer the God they profess to love and serve.


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