Pope Warns U.S. Bishops Against Disunity Over Sex Abuse – WSJ

He means shut up about it.

Pope Francis warned U.S. Catholic bishops against disunity in the church, after months of conflict between the bishops and the Vatican over how to respond to the clerical sex abuse crisis.

Catholics “continue to suffer greatly” from clerical sex abuse and coverups by bishops, “as well as the pain of seeing an episcopate lacking in unity and concentrated more on pointing fingers than on seeking paths of reconciliation,” the pope wrote in a letter distributed to the bishops this week as they gathered for a spiritual retreat outside Chicago.

He also rebuked the bishops for “disparaging, discrediting, playing the victim or the scold” and admonished them to “break the vicious circle of recrimination, undercutting and discrediting, by avoiding gossip and slander.”

Do what you’re told. And pay no attention to people who criticize me.

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