Did the former pope have at least an indirect hand in priest abuse cases?

    It’ll be a long time before abuse allegations against Catholic priests stop making the headlines. But who, ultimately, is resposible for their actions?

    Chris Freind says Pope John Paul II, who led the Vatican while three priests and a teacher raped two young boys in a Northeast Philadelphia parish, needs to be held accountable. And that means not being cannonized.

    Freind writes on Philly Post the race to beatify the former head of the church is just another in a long list of sins committed by the church.

    In a thoughful feature, Freind builds his case against the former pope and those who helped him cover up decades on international abuse.

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