Members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops are shown gathering for their fall meeting in Baltimore on Nov. 11, 2019. (photo: Christine Rousselle / CNA)
With ‘Vos Estis Lux Mundi,’ the Vatican’s norms in place to investigate bishops accused of sexual abuse or negligence, set to expire in May, experts want the Vatican to make them permanent.
By Joan Frawley Desmond, EWTN News, February 1, 2022
Joan Frawley Desmond Joan Frawley Desmond, is the Register’s senior editor. She is an award-winning journalist widely published in Catholic, ecumenical and secular media. A graduate of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies of Marriage and Family, she lives with her family in California.
SPOKANE, Wash. — Bishop Thomas Daly of Spokane, Washington, was a San Francisco priest assigned to Marin Catholic High School when the Vatican approved the 2002 Dallas Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, including a new “zero-tolerance” policy mandating the removal of priests facing “credible” accusations of abuse.
For Bishop Daly, ordained in 1987 and appointed the bishop of Spokane in 2015, much of his ministry has been shaped and shadowed by the shocking revelations of clerical predation and episcopal cover-up that ignited the 2002 clergy-abuse crisis. …