We earn 8% in referral fees when you shop Amazon through our link. We make it easy! Click to learn how.
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Vatican cardinal vows to rid priesthood of abusers

Catholic World News - February 12, 2010

The prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Clergy has voiced his determination to drive abusers out of the Catholic clergy. "The Church cannot accept such priests," Cardinal Claudio Hummes said during a visit to India. "The Church cannot tolerate [abuse] and deals with it as a serious crime."

Cardinal Hummes had roused the ire of abuse victims earlier this year when, in an interview with the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, he emphasized that only a very small percentage of the world's priests had been involved in sexual abuse. Some readers saw his statement as an attempt to downplay the severity of the problem.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our March expenses ($31,194 to go):
$35,000.00 $3,806.25
89% 11%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 3 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Feb. 14, 2010 4:26 PM ET USA

    We'll know that the Cardinal means business when there's a real penalty imposed on bishops who do not take action to remove bishops and priests for any form of sexual activity incompatible with chastity -- not limited to the abuse of children which has been publicly disclosed.

  • Posted by: raymondfrice9926 - Feb. 13, 2010 12:46 AM ET USA

    Toime to call a Council to deal with ALL the issues!!!

  • Posted by: - Feb. 12, 2010 5:32 PM ET USA

    How does he plan to get rid of them?

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

The Ways of Evangelization 0 hours ago
Evangelization and the Gift of Meaning 1 hours ago
Two links - moral relativism in elementary schools and charges of "genocide" in the Old Testament 17 hours ago
Don’t touch that Smile! Helping CatholicCulture.org by shopping on Amazon. March 2
Church Fathers: Introduction to the Greek Apologists March 1

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis to address Congress in joint session in September CWN - February 5