How a generational divide shapes U.S. bishops’ response to sex abuse

November 18, 2018

Bishops gathered last week in Baltimore for the annual fall meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

By Staff

BALTIMORE — As the nation’s Catholic bishops scrambled last week to portray a unified response to the clergy sex-abuse crisis, it was one of the younger members of their hierarchy who offered perhaps the frankest assessment of their problem.

“We do sometimes act as a good old boys club,” said San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, 62, citing a record of “cronyism, favoritism, and cover-up” he has witnessed among some of his peers over his episcopal career.

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