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Sheep in wolf's clothing?

By Diogenes (articles ) | Nov 25, 2003

Today's New York Times carries a fascinating front-page story about a lawyer who was representing the Church in defending sex-abuse cases, until he could no longer hold back his own complaints of sexual abuse.

It's a novel perspective on the whole mess, worth reading. Among the many interesting points:

  • The lawyer observes that he never encountered a case in which the victim wanted to keep things quiet, although Church officials frequently said that they wanted to seal records in order to protect the victims. When asked about this case, chancery officials declined comment, saying that they wanted to preserve the privacy of the attorney-- who, let's recall, was talking with a reporter from the Times.
  • When the lawyer asked for his own financial settlement from the diocese, the bishop told him that any funds would have to come out of the donations of people in the pews. That's curious, because we've been told so often that payments will not come out of the collection plate-- although it's difficult to know how else a diocese gets money.

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