Editorial raps 'incomplete' report on sex-abuse scandal
CWN - May 31, 2011
An editorial in the Providence (Rhode Island) Journal criticized the John Jay report on the sex-abuse scandal in the American Catholic Church, saying that the report is “incomplete” because it does not discuss the influence of celibacy nor the complicity of many American bishops.
The editorial argues:
Indeed, the document writers seemed to go out of their way to protect bishops anxious to get this public-relations nightmare off their backs. But, let’s face it, this was a serious management problem. Some bishops were just not supervising and disciplining their people properly and some were in effect abetting serious violations of criminal law.
The headline of the Providence Journal editorial describes the recent document as “the bishops’ report.” That is not entirely accurate, since the report was written by an independent institution. However, since it was released by the US bishops’ conference, the confusion is understandable.
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