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How to get tough

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Mar 15, 2004

Here's a must-read piece from the Washington Post.

If you believe that priests who molested children were shielded by a clerical network, and if you fear that network is still in place, Stephen Galebach points out that there is a way to break it up-- if prosecutors are ready to be aggressive. "Prosecutors and judges who have given a break to the Church through the years have done us greater harm than we or they ever imagined possible," he observes.

Bull's eye. Read it.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: - Mar. 21, 2004 6:29 PM ET USA

    evil prospers when good men do nothing.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 15, 2004 7:43 PM ET USA

    More of the same that bishops have been doing...blame shifting. Under this agenda the judges must be first to have their heads roll. Try to stay focused on the real problem; Sin in the church which is perpetuated on coddling sodomites, who took to pedastry.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 15, 2004 12:35 PM ET USA

    The article is indeed right on the mark. For starters, how about amending the Internal Revenue Code so as to require that "churches" must file non-profit tax returns. As the head of a non-profit organization, I have to sign a Form 990 every year. We have to provide a copy to anyone who asks. Our return is also available on the Internet. This would not solve the problems, but it would be a step in the right direction.