>> At the annual fall assembly for US bishops in Baltimore, a surprise change of plans. The bishops who were planning to vote on a number of proposed changes to combat sex abuse within the Catholic Church abruptly announced there will be no vote at all. The directive coming from the very top, Pope Francis himself, who asked the bishops to postpone the vote until after the Vatican convenes its global meeting on sex abuse in February.
>> We are not ourselves happy about this, we are working very hard to move to action and we'll do it, we just have a bump in the road.>> The president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops expressed disappointment but says his group is committed to the proposals which seek to create a new code of conduct for bishops and a special commission to investigate complaints.
>> I am stunned and disappointed.>> The delay raising an alarm for parishioners and advocacy groups of church abuse victims.>> When the Vatican gets involved, it's bad news because what they do is lessen transparency and make regulations and rules even weaker than they are.>> The Pope is like the king.
It's like no. The church may not be a democracy, but it's not a dictatorship, and I think that the people need to speak up. And it's our church, and we need to take it back.>> The Catholic Church is reeling from sex abuse scandals worldwide. With parishioners saying the crisis had eroded their confidence in the church and the Pope.