Ancient history

By Diogenes (articles ) | Dec 06, 2004

Another day, another 14 headline stories about the sex-abuse crisis.

(When I say there are 14 stories, I'm referring to the number of News Bytes links today. With a minimum of effort you could probably find 140 stories.)

Isn't it curious that, more than 9 months after Bishop Gregory announced that the sex-abuse problem was "history," newspaper editors remain interested in putting those history stories on the front page?

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  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Dec. 07, 2004 2:15 PM ET USA

    verax - only the Catholic Church has the capability to conceal, reassign, and even remove from the country men and women suspected of sexual abuse, or after arrest, fugitives from justice. Rabbis and ministers who are arrested are given their day in the press. What keeps it going for the Catholic Church are the bishops who have been enablers in a way that the leaders of the Jewish and Protestant faiths simply do not have the resources to do.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 07, 2004 12:27 PM ET USA

    It isn't fundamentally the Bishops or the press. It is the laity. The laity who continue to give unconsciounable amounts of money to people who refuse to be fiscally accountable in any way. There is nothing our diocesan boundary administrators (aka the Bishops) would respond to quicker than the prospect of having to hang out at the corner with a tin cup in their hands to support themselves. The main service I see of our Bishops is for seconds, thirds, ...tenths etc from the teat of the laity

  • Posted by: - Dec. 07, 2004 9:16 AM ET USA

    The weak American bishops allowed the scandal, but verax is correct: anti-Catholic bigotry keeps it in the news. The real travesty is the lack of honest liberal-media distinction in blame between bad bishops and the Church. The Church is not to blame for those that violate its doctrines. American bishops don't act in the name of the Church unless they are in accord with the Magisterium. The guilty individuals should be held personally accountable -- Not the Church. Who will defend it?

  • Posted by: - Dec. 06, 2004 10:11 PM ET USA

    Verax- I wish we could pin this one on anti-Catholic bigotry. But this mess is entirely the fault of our bishops. By failing to be true leaders in the years leading up to the meltdown in Boston and failing to be true leaders since, they have made this a legitimate, ongoing news story. Worse yet, none of them care what it's doing to the Church beyond what it means for their own personal futures and agendas. That's why Bishop Gregory keeps that stupid smile on his face & blathers about "history."

  • Posted by: - Dec. 06, 2004 5:06 PM ET USA

    It's called "bigotry." Anti-Catholic bigotry. That's why there is almost no coverage of abuse by rabbis and ministers.