Editorial: The church has earned our healthy skepticism
By NCR Editorial Staff, Oct. 28, 2016, National Catholic Reporter
New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan may have the purest of motives in designing the new compensation program for victims of clergy sex abuse. He must realize, however, that he is working against a history of activity, including his own, of members of the U.S. hierarchy that hardly inspires trust.
Dolan's effort, understandably applauded in some quarters as an act inspired by Pope Francis' Year of Mercy, sets a legal framework for compensating victims outside of court procedures. The process will be administered by respected professionals, by most measures impeccably independent, and the compensation offered will be delivered quickly.
So, what's not to like about it? Anne Barrett Doyle does a service to abuse victims and to the Catholic community at large in . . .