Pope Francis blames US bishops for sex scandals fallout

From Debra Heine at PJ Media:

Pope Francis sent an eight-page letter to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops this week blaming “efforts made to deny or conceal” allegations of sexual abuse for the “crisis of credibility” the church is experiencing.

The letter came as U.S. bishops were beginning a weeklong retreat Wednesday near Chicago to confront the church’s sexual abuse scandal. Organizers of the retreat said the prelates would focus on “prayer and spiritual reflection and not formulating policy.” The confab will reportedly serve as a prelude to the summit of the world’s bishops being held at the Vatican next month to craft a comprehensive response to the clerical abuse crisis. …

Not surprisingly, the pontiff left one key point out of his letter, as Lifesite news pointed out: The Pope did not mention in his letter that it was his rehabilitation of now ex-Cardinal McCarrick that contributed in no small part to the current American crisis. A key catalyst of that crisis was Archbishop Viganò’s testimony that the Pope lifted sanctions against the U.S. Cardinal despite knowing that he was an abuser of priests and seminarians. More.

Reality check: A strong leader accepts his share of the blame and leads the way out of problems. A weak leader blames his subordinates for all the problems and leaves them to fend for themselves.

See also: Longtime critic of Catholic Church over sex scandals is vindicated