Accountability goes all the way up to bishop

Those of us in professional ministry will for the foreseeable future continue, from time to time. to need to answer questions about sexual abuse perpetrated by clergy and the Church’s response.

Just a few days ago, it was reported that the Council of Cardinals had explicitly taken up the question of holding bishops and others in leadership positions accountable for their actions or lack of action.  (See for, example, the following article:

At noon (Rome time) it was announced that the Pope had accepted the resignation of the Bishop of the Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph (Missouri), was was the first English speaking bishop with a criminal conviction for failing to report abuse.  This action by the Pope is important to note in our ongoing conversation about how the Church continues to respond to this on-going issue.  For more, read