March 9, 2013. (Romereports.com)
To say the cases of sexual abuse by priests has rocked the Catholic Church would be an understatement.
Pope, Benedict XVI led the Church's response, apologizing for the
priests' actions and meeting with victims. He asked Catholic
institutions to be exemplary in the protection of children. Chicago
Cardinal Francis George said the work, far from finished, must continue
under the next Pope, even if abuse is no longer happening.
CARD. FRANCIS GEORGE
Archbishop of Chicago
“There are still the victims and the wound therefore is deep within their hearts and minds very often. And as long as it's with them, it's with all of us, and that will last for a long time. So the next Pope has to be very aware of this.”
An addition to zero tolerance for abusive priests, other steps taken under Benedict XVI include stricter evaluations for seminaries, which now fall under the control of the Congregation for the Clergy. The next Pope will also have to measure the effectiveness of these measures.