Father Fessio observed that while sexual abuse is an abomination, the most damaging aspect of the current Catholic crisis was, in his view, spiritual abuse, which he defined as the widespread failure

Father Fessio observed that while sexual abuse is an abomination, the most damaging aspect of the current Catholic crisis was, in his view, spiritual abuse, which he defined as the widespread failure by American Catholic Church leaders to teach and defend Catholic truth. It is a crisis that has many facets. “What we are seeing today is a crisis in fidelity to Catholic truth: in accepting that truth on the part of the faithful and the priests, and on enforcing and defending that truth on the part of Bishops.”