POLITICAL observations & opinions

* The problems of sexual abuse by priests will not be resolved until the Bishops, Cardinals and Popes responsible for the coverup are charged, convicted, and sent to prison

Posted by Lew Weinstein on March 25, 2011


pedophile enablers should be prosecuted

Laurie Goodstein writes in the NYT (3/25/11) …

  • Nine years after a scandal in Boston prompted America’s Roman Catholic bishops to announce sweeping policy changes to protect children from sexual abuse by priests, the bishops are scrambling to contain the damage from a growing crisis in Philadelphia that has challenged the credibility of their own safeguards.
  • When a grand jury in Philadelphia reported last month that the archdiocese there allowed 37 priests accused of abuse or inappropriate behavior to remain in ministry, it came as a complete surprise to the local and national “review boards” that the bishops have put in place to help keep them accountable, members of those boards said.
  • Church officials are also deeply troubled by how it is possible that in the bishops’ most recent annual “audit” — conducted by an outside agency to monitor each diocese’s compliance with the policy changes — Philadelphia passed with flying colors, said Teresa M. Kettelkamp, executive director of the bishops’ Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection, which issues the annual audit reports.
  • Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia at first rebutted the grand jury’s findings, then changed course, suspended three priests and ultimately suspended 21 more — the largest mass suspension by a diocese in the three-decade history of the abuse scandal.
  • A Philadelphia grand jury also indicted the former head of the archdiocesan office for clergy, Msgr. William Lynn, on charges of endangering the welfare of children — the first indictment ever of a senior church official in covering up an abuse case.
  • Cardinal Rigali worked for many years in the Vatican and still has powerful allies there. A kingmaker among American bishops, he serves on the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops, the body charged with recommending bishops’ assignments to the pope. (Also serving on that Vatican congregation: CardinalBernard Law, who resigned as archbishop of Boston in 2002 during the abuse scandal there.)

read the entire article at … http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/26/us/26bishop.html


There should be no surprise that Church officials have not found the evidence for sexual abuse that is all around them. They don’t want to find anything. They care not at all about children whose lives have been ruined, and are likely still being ruined. They care only for the power and treasure of the Church. These problems will not be resolved until the Bishops, Cardinals and Popes responsible for the coverup of sexual abuse are charged, convicted, and sent to prison. Cardinal Law is a good candidate to be the first one behind bars.


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