O’Malley on the crisis, the visitation of women’s orders, and Fatima

John L Allen Jr; 14/5/10;

Few Catholic bishops anywhere in the world have spent more time coping with the fallout from the sexual abuse crisis – pastoral, political, legal, and spiritual – than Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston. When he became bishop of Fall River, Massachusetts, in 1992, he inherited the infamous James Porter case, and ten years later he took over an archdiocese in virtual meltdown when he succeeded Cardinal Bernard Law in Boston. O’Malley sat down with NCR on May 13 in Fatima, Portugal, where he’s participating in the visit of Pope Benedict XVI. He discussed the pope’s comments on the crisis en route to Portugal – insisting that the real problem is not attacks from the outside, but the reality of sin within the church – and other matters.

See; http://ncronline.org/blogs/all-things-catholic/omalley-crisis-visitation-womens-orders-and-fatima ; [John Allen is NCR senior correspondent. His e-mail address is [email protected].]