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What I predicted, 25+ years ago

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Aug 30, 2018

Yesterday I spoke at length with Al Kresta about the sex-abuse scandal in general and the Vigano testimony in particular. The whole interview is available here. Al is thoughtful, faithful, and literate; I thoroughly enjoyed the conversation, and I think you will, too.

During the interview Al, who’s an old friend, recalled the first time that he had spoken to me on-air about sexual abuse. It was sometime around 1992—that’s right: more than 25 years ago!—long before the eruptions of 2002. During that first interview, Al asked me whether the sex-abuse complaints would be a serious problem for the Church. I replied, to his amazement, that the sex-abuse scandal would be the greatest crisis for the Catholic Church since the Reformation.

At the time, Al admits, he thought my answer was a bit wild.

Not now.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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