Promising to "spare no effort," Pope Francis convened a summit at the Vatican over the weekend to address the abuse scandal that has roiled the church but a journalist calls it more of the same.
Some 190 senior bishops met with the Pope to try to figure out how to deal with the massive clergy abuse scandal.
"The church will spare no effort to do all that is necessary to bring to justice whosoever has committed such crimes," the Pontiff stated.
Catholics watching here in America, however, were largely left unimpressed.
Phil Lawler of Catholic World News has been chronicling the scandal and its aftermath.
"The topics that were discussed, and the resolutions that were expressed coming out, were things that we've been hearing now for 15 years," he tells OneNewsNow.
He describes it as more of a "public relations exercise" by the embattled church leaders.
Lawler says he was hoping at least one courageous bishop would demand some serious discussion of important issues that have been simmering just beneath the surface of the church's response.
"First, the influence of homosexual networks in the church, in the Vatican," he explains, "and second, the accountability of bishops."
But none spoke out nor spoke up.
Yet at this very moment there are state attorneys general start tearing open some dark corners of the Catholic Church to do what its leaders have failed to do, and Lawler predicts a day of reckoning is on its way to Rome.
"There isn't the same sense of immediacy and same anger and frustration yet in Europe," he advises. "It will get there. It's coming to that."