WASHINGTON — Bishops have the ultimate responsibility when it comes to dealing with sexually abusive priests.
That reality was affirmed this week by Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
The American cardinal, who holds the position long held by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, issued a “circular letter” to bishops “to assist episcopal conferences in developing guidelines for dealing with cases of the sexual abuse of minors perpetrated by clerics.”
Cardinal Levada confirmed that the bishop should meet personally with abuse victims. The letter noted that “responsibility for dealing with cases of sexual abuse of minors belongs, in the first place,...READ MORE