Archbishop Charles Chaput is asking Pope Francis to call off the synod of bishops in Rome on the concerns of young people in light of a clerical sex abuse crisis.
“I have written the Holy Father and called on him to cancel the upcoming synod on young people. Right now, the bishops would have absolutely no credibility in addressing this topic,” Chaput said at an Aug. 30 conference at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, LifeSite News reported.
The call came as the Cardinal’s Forum discussed “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.,” the news outlet reported. The youth synod is currently set for Oct. 3-28.
“I have called on [Pope Francis] in its place, to begin making plans for a synod on the life of bishops,” he said.
Calls for reform in the Catholic hierarchy have escalated throughout the summer as the clergy sexual abuse scandal has intensified, with bishops across the globe coming under scrutiny for their role in covering up, if not participating in, cases of abuse of children and young adults.
Last week, Archbishop Carlo Viganó released testimony claiming the Pope covered up for now ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick despite having been given information that he was a serial abuser who preyed on seminarians.
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