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be prepared

By Diogenes (articles - email) | Aug 30, 2010

 Today Cardinal Godfried Danneels is in the headlines, with the revelation that he urged a victim of sexual abuse to keep quiet until his molester, another Belgian bishop, was safely ushered into retirement. Speaking through a spokesman, the retired cardinal allowed:

"Looking back I have been naive by going to such a meeting unprepared."

It’s always better to be prepared, as any Boy Scout would tell you. If you’re a high-ranking prelate, getting ready to meet with a man who was sexually abused by a prelate of lesser stature, what should you be prepared to do: (check all that apply)

  • Deny everything.
  • Call a lawyer.
  • Write a large check.
  • Admit everything.
  • Call the cops.
  • Write an apology.
  • Have a goon at the door check to make sure the victim isn’t wearing a wire.
  • Tell the truth. 

Richard Cross holds a doctorate in psychology, who has taught at the university level, including at Franciscan University. He is currently an educational researcher and consultant in the field of psychology and related disciplines.
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