Given some of the discussion on John Henry’s post yesterday about the timeline of the abuse scandal, I wanted to do a bit more digging into what the actual statistics of the scandal are. At the NY Times website, Ross Douthat had written: There’s no way to be completely certain about this, and clearly there
Mark Shea has an interesting post at National Catholic Register in which he answers a reader question which goes in part: One of the priests at our parish spoke about the pedophile scandals and how we should confess our sins (and he said it like that – sounding like it implied we should as a
Michael Liccione has written an outstanding piece over at What’s Wrong With the World about the recent escalation in attacks on Pope Benedict in relation to the scandals, with Dawkins and Hitchens demanding that the pope be arrested and tried in an international court: With whatever degree of justice, the scandal has now reached Pope
Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul-Minneapolis has defended Pope Benedict in his column in the archdiocesan weekly newspaper. In reporting on the column, the Associated Press closed their story with this: Critics of the church’s handling of abuse cases are citing Benedict’s tenure as head of the Vatican office charged with disciplining clergy. The office
From the Anchoress: MSNBC ran a headline on their website: “Pope Describes Touching Boys: I Went Too Far.” NBC has apologized (the linked story had absolutely nothing to do with the headline, or with the pope, for that matter). Really? Will heads roll, too? They should, but I doubt they will.
Several weeks ago there was a rather unpleasant exchange in First Things, between Marci Hamilton of the Cardozo School of Law, and Martin and Melissa Nussbaum of the Diocese of Colorado. Ms. Hamilton supports lifting the statute of limitations for child sex abuse claims, while the Nussbaums are decidedly against the idea. There are reasonable
I like the Bishop of Peoria, my Bishop, Daniel R. Jenky. He is a bluff good humored bear of a man, orthodox to his core, outspokenly pro-life and a good all-around shepherd of the diocese. I like him even more after he wrote this letter.