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Opinion The spotlight shifts in the clergy sex abuse scandal

For too long, the Catholic Church ignored and even hid the problem of sexual abuse by its clergy. Pope Francis, to his credit, has instituted reforms that are more far-reaching than his predecessors’. But a disturbing article in The Post suggests that the church still has a long way to go in protecting children from predatory clerics and the bishops who enable them. There, as the authors write, “the scale of abuse remains both a mystery and a cause for trepidation.” In one case they describe, a teenage nun-in-training said she had been raped by a priest in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, an incident that resulted in no serious discipline.