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dmallind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-11 12:41 PM
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51. Well some things are more honorable than others
Edited on Wed Sep-28-11 12:47 PM by dmallind
Apologizing on your own initiative BEFORE the expose is in the press is more honorable. Waiting until you are caught is much less so, but still worthwhile I guess.

Co-operating with, nay insisting upon, outside authorities investigating accusations of wrongdoing would be more honorable than blocking them at every turn. The RC Church has no honor here.

Setting up policies and enforcement to prevent recurrence from the top would be honorable. Moving the "few bad apples" around is not at all so.

I'm no perfect human, and I don't even claim to act for a perfect deity, but the honorable thing to my evil amoral atheistic eyes in these cases would be any bishop receiving any credible accusation of abusing children (or any other evil act, but playing the odds here) against one of his priests to:

1) Immediately notify appropriate civil authorities
2) Do everything possible to help and nothing to hinder their investigation
3) With his second phone call immediately reassign the priest away from any contact with vulnerable parties
4) Begin an internal investigation to see if other similar misdeeds were plausible, and if so appeal for information from other potential victims, both for the internal and external investigations
5) Question other priests about similar activities and train them, using external experts if needed, on how to both avoid such situations and how to spot fellow priests who may not be successful doing so.
6) Reward and publicly praise those who come forward with information
7) If the accusations prove true, immediately defrock the priest and remain cooperative with all authorities in the case
8) Recompense the victim appropriately, not just financially but with access, information and a voice on their behalf
9) Be as open as possible with the press and congregation and community throughout, withholding only the details necessary to ensure an effective legal/judicial process

I would also expect complete support for the above throughout the hierarchy, with archbishops and the Pope if need be disciplining subordinates who do not do the same.

THEN they can claim to be decent and honorable, and even then not especially so. The above is paraphrased in the handbooks of many secular organizations, and followed.

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