The Pope stopped the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops from passing their own rules for stopping the molester priests and the cover-ups by bishops at their national meeting last November. Measures should include mandated reporting of credible allegations to police and prosecutors, etc.
The Pope said he wanted to wait until he convened all the bishops and cardinals worldwide to the Vatican in February. No such rule nor any other policies have been issued by the Pope after the worldwide conference. This is after a history of the Pope refusing to promptly receive several bishops and cardinals that had played "hide the ball" and even been molesters themselves.
The Pope has now mandated reporting only for Vatican City allegations, not worldwide.
The Illinois bishops recently got together to complain about a pending abortion bill in Illinois. They said nothing at all about the continuing cover-up of sexual abuse of our children.
The Springfield bishop has issued no letter commenting on the current status, or policies since all these meetings to discuss the crisis. He did release names of priests regarding past allegations only after the Illinois Attorney General requested the list.
The bishops evidently hope it will all blow over and are stonewalling everyone as usual.
It is not surprising that almost two out of five Roman Catholics are questioning whether to leave the Catholic church, is it? There remains a real lack of credibility from the top down.