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By Diogenes ( articles ) | Dec 14, 2007

Our bishops are doing a wonderful job in fighting sexual abuse. The National Review Board is leading the cheers.

Six million children enrolled in "safe touch" programs! Hooray! 1.6 million background checks on Church workers and employees! Rah! With the cheers ringing in your ears, you might be forgiven if you didn't hear every little sentence in the full NRB report. This sentence, for instance:

What the audits do not measure is the quality of the work that the dioceses and parishes are doing.

No, your eyes didn't deceive you. Go ahead. Read it again:

What the audits do not measure is the quality of the work that the dioceses and parishes are doing.

So then we're running very fast, and there's just this little wee problem that we don't know whether we're running in the right direction.

A great deal of activity has taken place since June 2002, when the US bishops met in Dallas to formulate a response to the sex-abuse crisis. What we don't know, five years later, is whether anything good has been accomplished.

Six million children have participated in "safe touch" programs? That would be good news, if we could say with confidence that these programs prevent abuse, or built up a healthy young psyche. But if the programs themselves are a form of abuse, that 6-million figure represents another tragedy for the Church in America.

The 1.6 million background checks have surely kept some dangerous adults away from contact with children, and that's a good thing. But the investigations have also needlessly insulted countless thousands of innocent people, and given the impression that the laity are now held under suspicion because of offenses committed by wayward clergy.

The audits prove that there is activity. Whether the activity is good or bad is another question. How can we find out?

The NRB suggests more audits.

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  • Posted by: Paladin - Nov. 19, 2009 5:59 PM ET USA

    Congratulations Bishops, Dignity is thrilled with your findings. I'm not sure Christ is as happy.

  • Posted by: sparch - Nov. 19, 2009 12:07 PM ET USA

    Even if the perpetrators were confused, it is easily discernible to those on the outside looking in. Lets call it what it is. These were homosexual acts committed by those priests in the Catholic Church.

  • Posted by: Hal - Nov. 19, 2009 11:42 AM ET USA

    Near 100% concurrence of male on male behavior and "no clear pattern of homosexual behavior". I really don't know where to begin with that. For bogus social science studies, even that is breathtaking. My hat's off to them.

  • Posted by: Ken_H - Nov. 19, 2009 10:57 AM ET USA

    Question: How *could* you know clearly identify a pattern of homosexual behavior?

  • Posted by: adamah - Nov. 19, 2009 10:45 AM ET USA

    "Confused about their sexuality..."??????? Let me see. If I have sex with another man it is not homosexual behavior if I am confused. The mental sumersaults are astounding. This is one of the best agruements against giving the USCCB ANY MONEY WHATSOEVER! They simply cannot use is responsibly.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 19, 2009 10:18 AM ET USA

    It's those poor social skills...not knowing which fork goes where at each table setting that does it every time.