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Pope's initial blind spot on sex abuse threatens legacy

December 27, 2018 5:05 AM
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FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2018, file photo, Pope Francis arrives in Piazza Armerina, Sicily. It has been a wretched year for Francis, whose blind spot on clergy sex abuse conspired with events beyond his control to threaten his legacy and throw the Catholic hierarchy into a credibility crisis not seen in modern times. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)

FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2018, file photo, Pope Francis arrives to celebrate Mass on Lobito Beach in Iquique, Chile. Francis' January visit was dominated by fallout from the clergy abuse scandal there, and featured unprecedented protests against a papal visit: churches were firebombed and riot police...

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