The sexual abuse scandal that has swept across the United States, Australia, Ireland, Germany, Belgium and many other countries has finally been recognized by the Vatican as a global crisis—one that has reached the very top of the Catholic Church. It took too long.
We cannot wait longer for the hierarchy to take the steps needed to prevent similar outrages in the future. We must insist on accountability that exposes and penalizes those who enabled the ongoing abuses and coverups. Then we must begin the process of restoring our Church.