When Zero Isn't Enough

There are signs the vatican has little tolerance for zero tolerance. The Holy See last week finally responded to the plan U.S. bishops devised in June for handling abusive priests. Rome wants "further reflection on and revision of" the proposal, which says any priest found to have ever sexually abused a minor, even once, can never minister again.

Back in June, dissenting U.S. church leaders said the zero-tolerance proviso casts aside notions of forgiveness and redemption, but they didn't carry the day. Now Dario Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos, who heads a key Vatican office that will help write the final policy, is...

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