These opinions, Florinus, that I may speak in mild terms, are not of sound doctrine; these opinions are not consonant to the Church, and involve their votaries in the utmost impiety; these opinions, even the heretics beyond the Church's pale have never ventured to broach; these opinions, those presbyters who preceded us, and who were conversant with the apostles, did not hand down to thee.
For, while I was yet a boy, I saw thee in Lower Asia with Polycarp, distinguishing thyself in the royal court, and endeavouring to gain his approbation.
For I have a more vivid recollection of what occurred at that time than of recent events (inasmuch as the experiences of childhood, keeping pace with the growth of the soul, become incorporated with it); so that I can even describe the place where the blessed Polycarp used to sit and discourse-his going out, too, and his coming in-his general mode of life and personal appearance, together with the discourses which he delivered to the people; also how he would speak of his familiar intercourse with John, and with the rest of those who had seen the Lord; and how he would call their words to remembrance.
Whatsoever things he had heard from them respecting the Lord, both with regard to His miracles and His teaching, Polycarp having thus received [information] from the eye-witnesses of the Word of life, would recount them all in harmony with the Scriptures.
To date, a mere 4 accused bishops have been laicized: Fernando Armindo Lugo Méndez of Paraguay (2008), Raymond J. Resigned October 2002, age 66, per canon 401.2 after reports he abused young men and boys. Sentenced to eight years in prison; given house arrest instead. Remained Santa Fe de la Vera Cruz archbishop emeritus. Another allegation involved unspecified abuse of two teen choirboys in 1990s. Resigned 1991, age 63, after charged with sex crimes. Found with 100,000 child abuse images on his laptop and Vatican-owned computer.
Lahey of Canada (2012), Gabino Miranda Melgarejo of Peru (2013), and Jsef Wesołowski of Poland (2014). Pell's office called the allegations "totally untrue" and accused ABC of a "scandalous smear campaign." In a 2nd statement, Pell urged an inquiry of the Victoria police, accusing them of leaking reports to the ABC. Convicted 1996 of 1960s rape and indecent assault on two young aboriginal women. Released from house arrest after 60 days; free to move around Vatican City State beginning late November 2014.
The apparent sexual criminality of Jósef Wesołowski, a Vatican diplomat for a dozen years, raises concerns about the character of the bishops he helped select as papal nuncio to six countries. News broken by ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) July 2016 of multiple additional complaints investigated by Victorian police. Accused in 2007 of sexual assault of a 42-year-old man for 11 years. Diplomatic immunity removed August 2014, day after NY Times expos.
The following list includes 87 bishops worldwide who have been accused publicly of sexual wrongdoing – 60 (names in ) allegedly abused minors, and 27 (names in black) are publicly accused of sexual abuse/sexual misconduct with adults only. Pell allegedly fondled the genitals and anuses of two boys in a pool in 1978-1979, and may have exposed himself to three boys in 1986-1987. Put under house arrest in Vatican City State September 2014.
She was normally a vocal participant in departmental meetings, but on this occasion she was silent, and she appeared to be brooding.
There was an obvious explanation: a year earlier, the department had denied Bishop’s bid for tenure, and her protracted and increasingly desperate efforts to appeal the decision had been fruitless.
In the sexual abuse crisis, the problem of bishops and major superiors who abuse has not received systematic scrutiny.