Despite such actions, most Asian churches are still far away from confronting an impending and insidious crisis.
The corrective paths taken in Europe, the Americas and Japan have not been followed accordingly in most Asian churches despite Pope Francis’ repeated calls for zero tolerance of sexual abuse.
Too often the church hierarchy fails to internalize the difference between a sin and a crime and doesn’t act accordingly.
He could easily forgive two elderly cardinals charged with sex abuse, but he didn’t.
He opened ways for reporting suspicion of sexual abuse to civil authorities.