Monday, May 26, 2008

Abusive Priests STILL In Our Midst.

WHERE ARE ALL OUR ABUSIVE PRIESTS?

SURVEY: Abusive priests still in our midst?
An investigation by a local TV station has revealed that at least 100 priests relieved of ministerial duties because of credible allegations of sexual abuse in the Boston archdiocese are now living in anonymity in cities and towns. (See the report online:
http://wbztv.com/local/boston.priest.abuse.2.722373.html)

Many of these individuals have not been removed from the priesthood and still receive pensions from the diocese. Most never had to register as sex offenders because their cases never went to criminal court. As a result, there is no way for the rest of us to know who or where these people are – unless the Archdiocese provides a publicly accessible list, and offers accurate recommendations when these individuals apply for other jobs.

The problem uncovered by Boston media is not an isolated one. While a few dioceses such as
Philadelphia have online lists of credibly accused priests, most do not.

The Pope and the Bishops say they are ashamed by the clergy sexual abuse scandal and are committed to protecting children. Yet if hundreds of pedophile priests are still unsupervised and in our midst – and we don’t know it – isn’t it likely that more children will be abused in the future?

What do you think the Pope should require each Archdiocese to do about this to protect children? Please fill out our
online survey. Email a link to the survey to your friends and ask them to fill it out too. We will then present the results of the survey to the USCCB in early June.
Sincerely,

Dan Bartley, President
Voice of the Faithful

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3 comments:

BW Andrews said...

Ok, I did the online survey. I hope everyone takes the time to do the same.

FYI: After you take the short, quick survey, you have the opportunity to see results to date. How Interesting.

I just hope OUR Bishop does the survey and looks at the results! It would be a wonderful thing for him to do before he retires!

Anonymous said...

Don't get your hopes up BW.
Exposing his part in covering everything up has to be a great embarrassment to him at this late date. In spite of our children remaining at risk, he will never admit to any wrongdoing on his part. Welcome to the Brownsville diocese.

BW Andrews said...

Not just in the Brownsville diocese, throughout the United States. What GREAT EXAMPLES these men of GOD have been for our Catholic youth. First they violate them and then our bishops hide the offenders. Christ is crying.