Archbishop Flynn speaks on sex abuse
Flynn, speaking Saturday at Siena College, his alma mater in upstate New York, said critics still are talking about bishops who shuffled priests from parish to parish.
"This is not an accurate or fair characterization of the bishops' actions in the last decade," Flynn said.
Even if it's true that American bishops haven't shuffled abusive priests around "in the last decade"-- a questionable claim-- it remains absolutely clear that such shuffling took place in the past, and equally clear that to this day bishops are hiding the evidence of that shuffling. Why shouldn't people still talk about it?
Not all cases have been handled well, he said.
"Apparently, we may have assumed too much, to judge by people's reactions to finding that some abusers were still in ministry, even if they had been treated, their abuse now seemed firmly in the past, and they were offering effective service," he said.
So the problem is that bishops didn't properly anticipate "people's reactions."
Archbishop Flynn, by the way, chaired the committee that drafted the new nationwide policy for the American bishops. You know: the policy that was designed to address that "problem."
They still don't get it....
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 Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($163,080 to go):
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!