The Archdiocese of Los Angeles' Tidings has published the 19th in its series of abuse-related stories "compiled and edited by an advisory group to the Media Relations Office":
While the press sometimes gives the impression that the bishops adopted a zero tolerance policy because of the proliferation of abuse by clergy exposed by the media beginning in 2002, that was far from the case. The Church had been dealing with the terrible problem of clerical sexual abuse for years, and by 2002, that abuse had thankfully almost ceased.
How's that for a specimen of straight-from-the shoulder honesty?
Some of us haven't forgotten the provisional solutions that were floated around by the bishops in the period between January and June of 2002 (bracketed by the Boston Globe exposé and the Dallas meeting of the USCCB). "Zero Tolerance" was embraced at a shotgun wedding after dalliances with several more congenial compromises. Remember the warm public reception accorded the proposal of a "Three Strikes and You're Out" policy? Remember the exalted view of the priesthood it revealed?
Larry Wright, Detroit News, April 2002.
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Apr. 04, 2006 8:54 AM ET USA
It is an unconscionable crime that innocent parishioners of Catholic Churches were forced to pay for the crimes of those that acted contrary to Catholic doctrine. Maligning the Catholic Church will create serious consequences for the perpetrators.
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Apr. 04, 2006 1:27 AM ET USA
Leadership in the Los Angeles Diocese is sorely lacking. It's about time Pope Benedict take a long hard look at the Cardinal and suggested his resignation. He should stay out of politics(keeping the church tax exemption) and pay attention to teaching the Faith.
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Mar. 31, 2006 10:28 PM ET USA
I'm thrilled that "...by 2002, that abuse had thankfully almost ceased." I guess that's why the National Review Board just released these statistics: "2004--1,092 credible cases of abuse." "2005--783 credible cases of abuse." "$157.8 Million paid on abuse cases in 2004." "$466.9 Million paid on abuse cases in 2005." "$13 Million to support the OFFENDERS in 2005." Thank God "that abuse had ... almost ceased." I don't think we could take much more if it had continued!!!