Bishops gathered last week in Baltimore for the annual fall meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
BALTIMORE — As the nations 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.
His remarks, delivered to a packed hotel conference room on the Baltimore waterfront, underscored a generational divide that is shaping their efforts to confront the issue that once again is roiling the Catholic Church in America.
A Catholic bishop who refused the Chinese communist government’s demand that he join the state-controlled church has been seized by authorities.
The government’s move comes amid charges by supporters of the underground church that the Vatican is caving to Beijing.
Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin was arrested the morning of Nov. 9 by police who are keeping him for what authorities call a “vacation period,” reports the Daily Caller, citing the Catholic News Service.