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Everybody else gets it

By Diogenes (articles ) | Nov 09, 2004

Now we have a survey to confirm the obvious: American Catholics are appalled by the sex-abuse scandal.

But now here's a result worth noticing:

In the first comprehensive national study of the effects of the sexual abuse scandal, researchers at Catholic University of America and Purdue University found nearly four of five people in the pews said they were ashamed and embarrassed for their church, and nearly three-quarters said the failure of bishops to stop the abuse is a bigger problem than the abuse itself.

For the benefit of any bishops who might be reading, let me give you that again:

In the first comprehensive national study of the effects of the sexual abuse scandal, researchers at Catholic University of America and Purdue University found nearly four of five people in the pews said they were ashamed and embarrassed for their church, and nearly three-quarters said the failure of bishops to stop the abuse is a bigger problem than the abuse itself.

The "Dallas Charter" addresses the abuse. As for the "bigger problem," we're still waiting for the first glint of recognition.

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  • Posted by: BostonBlackey - Nov. 13, 2004 6:51 PM ET USA

    Karen We were told that here in Boston even the ushers have to attend the "training".

  • Posted by: - Nov. 10, 2004 12:03 PM ET USA

    The lamentable reaction to this scandal - and others of greater import - is proof positive of the large scale apostasy at the top in the Church. That apostasy is not limited to America, but is worldwide. No saint would put up with this kind of crap. Clericalism is unhealthy when it defends to the death those in the clerical state who actively or passively work for the destruction of Catholic faith and devotion. Credentials and Roman collars are nice, but they are no guarantee of orthodoxy!

  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Nov. 10, 2004 8:27 AM ET USA

    The bigger picture is the failure to see this utter faithlessness to the gospel and merely as a problem of managing a "few bad apples" among the priests. Karen, the requirement to attends these classes comes from the desire to spread the blame beyond gay priests. When you are a diocesan bureaucrat and holding a hammer (ie compulary workshops as a condition of lay volunteer service) every problem looks like a nail.

  • Posted by: principle not pragmatism - Nov. 09, 2004 7:11 PM ET USA

    The Bishops must examine their conscience and if they covered up for abusers, they must resign or suffer the consequences on judgement day!

  • Posted by: AveMaria580 - Nov. 09, 2004 11:41 AM ET USA

    They probably won't understand this either. This year some diocesian leaders are puzzled as to why the number of CCD teachers has dropped. The reason is that they must attend at least a 2 hr. class concerning child abuse. So you have mothers and grandmothers and aunts who have taught and raised children for years. Suddenly they are no longer trustworthy. Rather than dealing with the real problem of gay abusers in the priesthood & episcopate they penalize those who have been faithful for yrs

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