The liberal leadership in the Catholic Church has again disappointed those who hoped for justice.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who is believed to have played a significant role in the cover-up of child molestation within the church, has resigned, but faces no penalties or punishment.
Wuerl was most recently serving as the Archbishop of Washington.
However, it was his time in Pittsburgh that has created the uproar.
From 1988 to 2006, Wuerl was serving as the Bishop in Pittsburgh.
During that time, significant allegations of child molestation by priests surfaced, but Wuerl allegedly did everything in his power to coverup the charges, simply reassigning priests so they would not face repercussions.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro was absolutely livid that the Church is allowing Wuerl to walk away with no consequences.
Shapiro is one of the many voices now demanding action be taken against the Catholic Church because it refuses to fully address these problems.
Becky Ianni, who is part of an abuse survivor network, was also disappointed in the Pope for a lack of action.
Ianni called for the Pope to “fire and publicly admonish any bishop that has enabled perpetrators by concealing their crimes from law enforcement and the public.”
While there was initially hope Pope Francis would make things right, he has seemingly gone in a completely different direction.
In one of his recent sermons, the Pope likened the individuals making allegations to the Devil.
A week after his initial sermon, the Pope doubled down on his sentiments, causing outrage even among the most devout followers of the Catholic Church.
While Wuerl is not so much as getting a slap on the wrist for his part in the cover-up, there is some solace in the fact he will no longer be in leadership.
At the very least, his departure will help Catholics turn the page on this dark chapter. Hopefully, he will be replaced with someone who is ready and willing to admit the Church’s responsibility, take concrete preventative action and help the survivors truly heal.