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Concern, archepiscopal style

By Diogenes (articles ) | Oct 12, 2004

"It's ancient history!" Seattle Archbishop Alexander Brunett said of news stories about the abuse, much of which occurred decades ago. "People are getting tired of ancient history! People can only read the same article 18 times. There's nothing new." But he quickly added: "That's not the same thing as saying that we shouldn't be concerned about victims."

Same story. Only the victims are different.

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  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Oct. 12, 2004 1:05 PM ET USA

    Perhaps the Archbishop has a point here -- if this statement from the archdiocesan report is still correct in 2004: While there have been no reports of any occurrences of child sex abuse by clergy in the Archdiocese since 1987, there are still 32 active legal cases. All are involving alleged abuse prior to 1981. Some cases date back to the 1950s. The goal of the Archdiocese is to reach reasonable settlements in all cases.