We saw last week how Cardinal Cupich did the pope's bidding as he stopped the USCCB from taking steps to address the episcopal sex abuse scandals. It was clear that both he and Cardinal Wuerl had no intention of addressing the matter in any meaningful fashion.
Neither does the pope. Else, how does one explain the pope's appointment of Cupich to head up this Vatican sex abuse summit that is slated to happen next February? It will be a sham, just as has been all these synods and meetings that have happened in the past few years. I've no doubt that even now Cupich, Wuerl, Tobin and others are working on "synod documents" that will be completely fabricated long before the summit attendees arrive in Rome. The summit will be just another dog-and-pony show to pretend that the Vatican is all into "collegiality" and that they are "listening" and "accompanying" when nothing else could be further from the truth.
So what might this "summit summary" have to say? Did Cardinal Cupich give us a hint with his suggestion that some clergy sex offenses were "consensual" and should be treated differently. And who can forget his dismissive "rabbit hole" quip? Might this be a ploy to normalize sodomy in the priesthood and elsewhere? I suspect the outcome of this summit has already been determined and that it will accomplish diddly-squat when it comes to eradicating the filth from the clergy.