News about the Vatican’s effort to rein in the Leadership Conference of Women Religious — the largest and most influential group of Catholic nuns in the United States — broke the same day the Rev. Bradley M. Schaeffer resigned from the Boston College board of trustees after growing criticism of the role he played in supervising a former Jesuit priest who allegedly molested dozens of children over 40 years. It exposes a familiar mindset. Threats to his authority swiftly grab the pope’s attention. Accountability for threats to children is still something to dodge.
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