URGENT! Only 3 days left! We must still match $2,050 to win a $25,400 Challenge Grant! Can you help?
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

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.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Spring Challenge Grant
Progress toward our Spring Challenge Grant goal ($2,050 to go):
$25,400.00 $23,349.71
8% 92%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Matching Campaign
Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

Urgent! We need extra financial support between now and May 24th. 6 hours ago
What's wrong with these pictures? 10 hours ago
What can we learn from the dignity of military services? 11 hours ago
Was Lewis “basically Catholic”? May 21
Reading The Diary of a Country Priest: Scandal May 20

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days