Sad Conjunction: Christmas & Child Abuse Reports

Statement from Voice of the Faithful® national office:

BOSTON, Mass., Dec. 16, 2013 – As Christians look forward to celebrating the birth of Jesus, recent events underscore again the sad story of clergy sex abuse in the Catholic Church:

Like Archbishop Nienstedt, many believe that clergy sex abuse is “in the past.” Vigilance should never be slackened where children are concerned. Nor should bishops and parishioners assume that revelations today all refer to past offenses. They do not. Checks against the actions of pedophiles and ongoing priority for child protection remain essential in the Church as elsewhere.

Voice of the Faithful®: Voice of the Faithful® is a worldwide movement of faithful Roman Catholics working to support survivors of clergy sexual abuse, support priests of integrity and increase the laity’s role in governance and guidance of the Church. More information is at www.votf.org.

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  1. #1 by Steve Stevens on December 26, 2013 - 7:57 PM

    Fr John Paul was an obvious predator when he was teacher at McDevitt in the early 1980s. Students joked about him, so there is no way faculty and management didn’t know of his escapades. Taking the Vietnamese refugee hotee (HS student) to beach in weekends was unforgettable. Rot I hell fjp.

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