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Pope Francis said that the Catholic Church was working "as best we can" to fight clerical child abuse but admitted there were shortfalls
The president of the bishops' conference said some high-ranking church officials faced criminal prosecution, or a church tribunal, or both
There was a "disparity in training and prevention of child sexual abuse between the northern and southern hemispheres"
The archdiocese said it will "fully cooperate with the prosecution service" in the conduct of an "unbiased preliminary investigation"
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was “first involved in this case in 2019” and imposed restrictions on Belo
"A priest cannot continue being a priest if he is an aggressor. He cannot because he is either sick, or a criminal"
The criminal behavior of child abuse and cover-up of the crimes are total and outright contradictions and denials of the teachings of Jesus
He said that if a civil investigation is opened, he will "actively participate" to establish the truth and recognize his innocence
The conclusion of a Vatican preliminary investigation found “that there are no elements to initiate a trial against the cardinal"