Catholic Priests and Nuns Unite to Fight Church’s Abuse Problem
A group of priests and nuns calling themselves Catholic Whistleblowers are pressing Pope Francis and the American bishops to take on those in the church who are still protecting sexual predators. [They are “pressing” Pope Francis? I’d like to know just how they are doing that!]
The group formed quietly about nine months ago and plans to go public with their campaign this week. Of the 12 members in the steering group, some have exposed abusers before, three are canon lawyers who have represented the church in abuse cases in the past, and four say they were sexually abused as children, The New York Times reports.
The whistleblowers say they aim to provide support for victims and others who would come forward as well to expose areas where the church is falling short in dealing with the abuse problem. They also want the world to know that there are good priests and nuns in the church who are fighting against the sex-abuse scandal that has plagued the Catholic Church in recent years.
They may be wasting their valuable time scrutinizing the American bishops. They have pretty successfully cleaned up their act. I suspect that the bishops in these USA are as jittery as cats in a rocking chair factory when it comes to this issue.
Perhaps this new committee, or whatever it is, should turn their attention to American nuns.
Do they get a pass?