They would, wouldn’t they?

No one was surprised when the C9 group of Cardinals (the Papal Privy Council) expressed its complete confidence in Pope Francis after the Vigano allegations. The group is hand-picked by Francis, and over half of them are mired in accusations of cover-ups or financial impropriety.

The world is no longer inclined to be impressed by a coterie of compromised geriatrics who are reluctant to initiate a thorough and independent scrutiny.

They had better keep the silence.

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Meanwhile, preparations are being made for a conference of the heads of local episcopal conferences world-wide, to take action on the child-abuse scandal. Clearly the Vatican has not yet grasped that what was once a crisis about clergy child-abuse has now changed into a crisis of confidence in the world’s episcopate.

Which a conference of bishops alone probably will not – and  cannot credibly – address..

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