New York, Nov 14 (IECurrentAffairs) The Roman Catholic Bishops Conference in the United States of America were in for a rude shock when Vatican instructed the Bishops to delay voting on a plan of corrective measures on child sexual abuse crisis until next year.
The bishops gathered in Baltimore to take a collective decision to hold themselves accountable for the sexual abuse crisis in the United States.
Pope Francis plans to hold a summit in Rome on the sexual abuse crisis for bishops from around the world.
Many of 350 American bishops who present in Baltimore appeared stunned when they learned of the change of plans in the first few minutes of the meeting, local media reported.
They had come to Baltimore wanting to prove that they had heard their parishioners’ cries of despair and calls for change.
“We are not ourselves happy about this,” Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Houston, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, said at a midday news conference.
“We are working very well to move to action, and we’ll do it. We just have a bump in the road,” he further expressed.
Strangely and suddenly, the Vatican appeared to be standing in the way.