TOP PRIORITY: The U.S. bishops undertook various matters during their 2019 spring assembly in Baltimore that weren’t related to the clergy sexual abuse crisis, but they said the scandal had to be their top priority.
BISHOP DESCRIBES ABUSE IMPACT AND HOPE: Auxiliary Bishop Robert E. Barron of Los Angeles expresses concern over the impact of the clergy sexual abuse crisis on Catholics during the U.S. bishops’ spring assembly in Baltimore, but also sees hope for the future.
REPORTING SET UP FOR BISHOP SEX ABUSE:The U.S. bishops overwhelmingly approved the establishment of a national third-party reporting hotline for when bishops are accused of sexual abuse.
BISHOPS’ MISSION TO RESTORE TRUST: Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston compared the early church missions of Barnabas and Paul to the modern-era mission of restoring trust following the clerical sexual abuse crisis in his homily during the U.S. bishops’ spring assembly in Baltimore.
U.S. BISHOPS ADDRESS CLERGY SEX ABUSE: The president of the U.S. bishops’ conference opens the bishops’ spring assembly in Baltimore by vowing to adopt procedures that would tackle the clerical sexual abuse scandals.