In some nations, reporting clerical misconduct to police may be unwise
October 29, 2010
“Since the beginning of the most recent round of the crisis, which erupted in Ireland and then spread across Europe, critics have wondered why Pope Benedict XVI has not imposed a uniform global policy of cooperation with the police,” observes John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter. That policy seems simple, from the perspective of those living in countries where Catholic priests can expect fair treatment from prosecutors. But what about nations where the Church is already under attack? Allen points to India’s troubled Karnataka state, where a Holy Cross brother was battered because of charges of misconduct. The charges seem to have been lodged against him by Hindu activists unhappy with the presence of a Catholic school.