The Church’s leaders can’t hold a candle to the survivors of abuse

Sr Veronica Openibo, right,Chicago Archbishop, Cardinal Blase J Cupich, left, and Fr Tomaz Mavric, centre. Picture: EPA/Alessandra Tarantino/ Pool

Who would ever, in any sense, regard the lighting of a candle as an act of atonement or reparation? asks Fergus Finlay.

MEDIOCRITY, hypocrisy, and complacency. They’re not my words, they’re the words of a Nigerian nun. And who was she talking about? The princes of her Church, that’s who.

Sr Veronica Openibo has worked in Africa, Europe, and the United States. When she was asked to address the Catholic Church’s gathering on child protection, last week, in the Vatican, she didn’t mince her words.

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