Several dioceses in the United States have declared bankruptcy in the last year, several doing so after states passed laws opening a window in the statue of limitations for historical instances of sexual abuse.
But as the pandemic continues, and social prohibitions grow stricter, some Catholics are wondering why they can’t confess their sins virtually - over the phone, via text, or on Skype.
While the draft leaked last week is far from the finished article, the wording of the text already suggests that a commission will be the next step.
Msgr. James Cruse of the Diocese of Peoria has confirmed that the request was made by Bishop Salvatore Matano, because of the ongoing New York attorney general’s investigation of the state’s dioceses and bishops.