Cardinal Sean O’Malley outlines church’s plan for handling sex abuse

February 17, 2015 5:04 AM

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ROME — Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley said on Monday that a prior climate of denial among Catholic cardinals on the need for reform with regard to the church’s child sexual abuse scandals has been largely driven underground.

O’Malley also said that a lack of accountability for bishops who fail to make “zero tolerance” policies stick has damaged the church’s credibility, and vowed that he will present proposals for new accountability mechanisms to the pope within two months’ time.

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