Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Pope defensive on sex abuse as commission lags

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is coming under increasing criticism that he simply doesn't get it on sexual abuse.

Three months after the Vatican announced a commission of experts to study best practices on protecting children, no action has been taken, no members have been appointed, and no statute outlining the commission's scope has been approved.

Francis hasn't met with any victims, hasn't moved to oust a bishop convicted in 2012 of failing to report a suspected abuser, and on Wednesday insisted that the church had been unfairly attacked on abuse.

Victims' advocates said his tone was archaic and urged Francis to show the same compassion he offers to the sick, the poor and the disabled to people who were raped by priests.

"Under Pope Francis, the Vatican continues to deny its role in creating and maintaining a culture where upholding the reputation of the church is prioritized over the safety of children," said Maeve Lewis, executive director of the Irish victims' support group One in Four.

The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said Wednesday there was no doubt the commission would get off the ground.

Comments
Forecast: Potential tropical system threatens to drench already soggy Tampa Bay area

Forecast: Potential tropical system threatens to drench already soggy Tampa Bay area

Flood warnings have been extended for the Alafia River in Lithia and the Little Manatee River at Wimauma as the National Weather Service continues to monitor a broad area of low pressure that has a building chance of developing into a tropical system...
Updated: 15 minutes ago
How to watch Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Washington Capitals Game 7: Game time, TV, live stream

How to watch Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Washington Capitals Game 7: Game time, TV, live stream

There will be a Game 7 in Tampa Wednesday because the Capitals "were the more desperate team," because Alex Ovechkin was running over Lightning players all night Monday in Washington and because Caps goalie Braden Holtby played to perfection.Washingt...
Updated: 17 minutes ago
Baseball: A look at this week’s region final games

Baseball: A look at this week’s region final games

All games are tonight at 7 unless noted.Class 8AStrawberry Crest (18-8) at Fleming Island (12-13-1): The Golden Eagles started their season by losing six of seven and they also had an eight-inning tie. They ended the regular season with four straight...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Proud mom orders ‘Summa Cum Laude’ cake online. Publix censors it to ‘Summa . Laude.’

Proud mom orders ‘Summa Cum Laude’ cake online. Publix censors it to ‘Summa . Laude.’

Saturday was Jacob Kosinski’s big day. His whole family, many from out of town, saw the Charleston, South Carolina, student graduate from his Christian-based homeschool program with a 4.89 grade point average and the coveted honor of summa cum laude....
Updated: 1 hour ago
Watch: Baboon escapes crate at Texas airport; officers corner him

Watch: Baboon escapes crate at Texas airport; officers corner him

SAN ANTONIO — A baboon on his way to a South Texas wildlife sanctuary escaped his crate and kept officers busy for two hours at San Antonio International Airport. Officers shot the baboon named Dawkins with a tranquilizer dart. The ape got loose Mond...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Teen arrested after slaying of Maryland police officer

Teen arrested after slaying of Maryland police officer

Police say a teen has been arrested after the slaying of a Baltimore County, Maryland, police officer, and three other suspects are still being sought
Updated: 2 hours ago
The Latest: Teen arrested following Maryland officer's death

The Latest: Teen arrested following Maryland officer's death

Police say a teen has been arrested after the slaying of a Baltimore County, Maryland, police officer, and three other suspects are still being sought
Updated: 2 hours ago
Police tweet that a teen was arrested shortly after a Baltimore County police officer's slaying, 3 others are sought

Police tweet that a teen was arrested shortly after a Baltimore County police officer's slaying, 3 others are sought

Police tweet that a teen was arrested shortly after a Baltimore County police officer's slaying, 3 others are sought
Updated: 2 hours ago
Florida education news: Teacher action, bullied students, school safety and more

Florida education news: Teacher action, bullied students, school safety and more

TEACHER ACTION: Many Florida teachers have questioned why educators in other states have taken bold actions to advocate for better school funding, while here the moves have been more muted. FEA vice president Fed Ingram seeks to tap into that se...
Updated: 2 hours ago
State You’re In: Fiction can become fact, as Woolworth placard in Tampa shows

State You’re In: Fiction can become fact, as Woolworth placard in Tampa shows

TAMPA — History can easily be distorted. If wrong assumptions are made and repeated often enough, falsehoods have a way of becoming "fact.""It happens," said Andy Huse, a librarian with the University of South Florida Special Collections Department. ...
Updated: 2 hours ago