Bishops from across Missouri are urging the Catholic Church to be more transparent in addressing the international sexual abuse scandal. In a recent decree announced by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, the Holy See’s Congregation for the Clergy is requesting that U.S. bishops not pass action items addressing sexual abuse by the clergy during their general assembly in Baltimore this week. The Missouri Province of Bishops has composed a letter addressing that request in which they say more is required. Their statement says the credibility of the church has been seriously damaged by silence and inaction. They also say now is the time for genuine reform in handling abuses of power by the hierarchy. Among the changes they are supporting are third-party hotlines for reporting abuse and additional restrictions for bishops who’ve been removed or resigned after allegations of abuse.