What the Catholic Church Crisis Should Teach Us About President Trump's 'Witch Hunt' Claims

Author: Paul Elie

August 22, 2018

“Witch hunts” is what prominent cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga of Honduras called the Boston Globe’s and other outlets’ reporting on decades of sexual abuse by Catholic priests in 2002, after the coverage led to accusations of a cover-up. He is now one of Pope Francis’ closest advisers. However, author Paul Elie argues, they were not witch hunts. They told the truth and exposed the perils of unchecked power exercised by another cardinal, Boston’s Bernard Law. That reporting led to Law’s resignation, the removal and prosecution of priestly offenders, and a promise from U.S. bishops to install a “zero tolerance” policy on sexual abuse. This article was published in the September 3/10, 2018 print edition of TIME magazine as "The Pope's True Power."

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