The Nov. 16 interview of Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley by the CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes” generated so much of its own buzz that the cardinal decided to write about it Nov. 19 in Boston’s archdiocesan newspaper, The Pilot.
He acknowledged that “as a person who is just an occasional viewer of television,” he was “amazed to learn of the number of people” who tune into the program each week. He also said he hopes that one take-away from the interview will be that “cardinals, bishops and priests are human, and that we love the church.”
Cardinal O’Malley (CNS photo/Gregory Tracy)
The cardinal said that he knew from the onset that he would not be asked “about the weather and the Red Sox.” He also said that television interviews are “not at the top of my list of favorite things to do.”
He commended the news team for their hard work, dedication and faith and said the interview touched on “three provocative issues that are seldom addressed by members of the hierarchy, but which once raised capture everyone’s attention.”
He also pointed out that these topics call for “more time and consideration than can be given in a 20 minute broadcast segment.”
In the interview, Cardinal O’Malley was asked about Bishop Robert W. Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Missouri, who was convicted in 2012 on one misdemeanor count of failing to report suspected child abuse. Bishop Finn is the highest-ranking U.S. Catholic official to face criminal charges related to the priest sex abuse scandal that erupted within the U.S. church in 2002. In this case, diocesan authorities who had been told in December 2010 of child pornography found on a priest’s computer did not tell civil authorities until six months afterward.
“It’s a question that the Holy See needs to address urgently,” said the cardinal, president of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, established last December by Pope Francis.
Reflecting further on this issue in the Pilot, he said that one of the significant concerns for this Vatican group is the accountability of bishops.
“We are all aware that Catholics want their leaders to be held accountable for the safety of children, but the accountability has been sporadic. We need clear protocols that will replace the improvisation and inertia that has often been the response in these matters. Bishops also deserve due process that allows them to have an opportunity for (Read More)