Rhoades dismayed over delay by Vatican
The bishop of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend has expressed disappointment with a Vatican-requested delay on adopting new steps to address the Catholic Church’s ongoing clergy sex abuse crisis.
The Rev. Kevin C. Rhoades is attending the meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore : ending today : that was to have voted on the new measures.
The bishops had planned to vote on a new code of conduct for bishops and the creation of a new commission, including laypeople, to review complaints about bishops’ conduct in handling abuse reports.
But Pope Francis told the group to delay action until after a global meeting on abuse at the Vatican in February.
Stephanie Patka, diocesan spokeswoman, said Rhoades said late Monday that “he was disappointed, since he had hoped the proposed standards and special commission would be approved this week.”
According to The Associated Press, legal problems with the proposals were flagged. As a compromise, it was suggested that the bishops discuss them and hold a nonbinding vote, while waiting until after February for formal adoption.