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shrike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-21-07 09:34 AM
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9. I'm not saying we shouldn't clean up our problems
However, this "storyline" tendency in the media is a problem not only for the Catholic Church, and us as Catholics, but for America in general. It's one of the reasons we're in the mess we're in, i.e., the Iraq war et. al, and I think it needs to be pointed out whenever possible.

BTW, I like my bishop's policy, here in our diocese. A couple of years ago, an allegation was made against a priest in the eastern side of the diocese. The allegations were from long ago, when he was in Florida. The diocese investigated, turned over everything it uncovered to the county prosecutor, then held a press conference stating exactly what had been done, and that the priest in question had been put on indefinite leave; he would have no more contact with parishioners of any kind. Prior to the press conference, announcements of the situation were made at every Sunday mass in the Diocese.

I remember feeling sorry for the priest in question; what if he'd been innocent (he wasn't, the prosecutor found there was enough there there to proceed, and it all ended up in a plea bargain.) But I suppose complete disclosure is better than the opposite approach.
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