Cardinal O’Malley calls for Accountability and Consequences

Cardinal Sean O'Malley: determined to tackle the clerical abuse crisis

Citing a loss of patience among Catholics and loss of confidence from civil society, Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston on August 21, 2018, called for “clear and transparent systems of accountability and consequence for Church leadership”.

Cardinal O’Malley, President of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, said he has hope the issue can be addressed and it will require significant participation by the laity.

“The clock is ticking for all of us in the Church leadership,”   the Cardinal said. “We much proceed quickly and with purpose.”

Cardinal O’Malley spoke slowly in the video, clearly moved by the gravity of the situation:

“There are times when words fail us…when they don’t capture the overwhelming situations we face in life. The tragedy is all too real for those who carry this pain.”

While citing his continuing faith in the Church, he pointed directly at clerical leaders in laying the blame for the crisis:

“There is good much good in the Church and in our faith to lose hope. We reaffirm our commitment that these failures will never be repeated.

‘We have yet to establish clear and transparent systems of accountability and consequence for Church leadership, whose failures have allowed these crimes to occur. The Church must embrace spiritual conversion and demand legal transparency and pastoral accountability for all who carry out its mission.

“The crisis we face is the product of clerical sins and clerical failures.”