Maine Bishop Must Be A Lot More Forthcoming
Regarding the story, "Milestone for
Maine Catholics, " July 26th:
When asked if Bishop Joseph Gerry will make
public the names of the 51 priests accused of sexual abuse
of minors (33 are still living), the Bishop's spokesperson
said, according to the story, "The names of suspects
in serious crimes aren't released unless they are formally
charged through indictments."
Wait a minute. Bishop Gerry knows where
33 accused sexual offenders are living and he's not telling
anyone? He's not warning parents that the man who lives
next door might hurt their child?Â Â
As a Catholic, I am embarrassed by Bishop
Gerryâ€s ongoingÂ reluctance to
provide a clear and forceful response to the clergy sexual
abuse scandal in my church.
How can we fix the problem until we know
what the problem is?
All we know is that 51 priests have received
allegations of sexual abuse of minors. We donâ€t
know how many victims there are. We donâ€t
know how many allegations each priest received. We donâ€t
know which parishes are involved. We donâ€t
know the extent to which sexually abusive priests were
transferred from parish to parish.
Archbishop Sean O'Malley of Boston has stated
that when confronted with conflicting points of view,
he concerns himself with one thing only - what is his
moral obligation? Innocent children are not prepared to
protect themselves from charming, friendly and persuasive
Bishop Gerry has a dangerous secret. He
knows the names and addresses of 33 accused child molesters.
Quite frankly, I don't know how he sleeps at night.
Paul T. Kendrick
Co-Founder, Maine Voice of the Faithful
Published August 6, 2003 in the Portland