Archbishop William Lori Scrubs Mention of Financial Gifts in Report to Vatican on Bishop Michael Bransfield
The fox is guarding the henhouse. Or rather, the bank accounts of the hens.
With the news that Archbishop William Lori scrubbed any mention of gifts or monetary exchanges between Bishop Michael Bransfield and some of his brother bishops from his report to the Vatican, we cannot help but feel that this is another example of bishops covering for bishops. Those feelings are compounded by the fact that Archbishop Lori himself was among the recipients of Bishop Bransfield’s lavish gifts.
Next week in Baltimore, bishops from across the United States will gather and discuss the future of their Church. We hope they will also be discussing concrete ways to protect children and vulnerable adults from the lifelong harm caused by clergy sexual abuse.
We at SNAP applaud the brave victims for coming forward and getting Bishop Bransfield's wrongdoings exposed and stopped.
Victims of a predatory billionaire are being asked their views on how to remedy an unprecedented, insensitive and reckless non-prosecution agreement (NPA), which “was concealed from the victims and their counsel and violated the law.” We applaud this move and agree with attorney Sigrid McCawley who calls this remedial effort “a watershed for victims’ rights.”
The head of the US bishops is once again under fire for inaction in a case of clergy sex abuse. We call on him to resign his post or at least recuse himself from leading the bishops’ meeting in Baltimore next week.
The Iowa attorney general’s office has announced that it will be gathering information on sexual abuse by spiritual leaders and clergy in that state. This is a good first step for Iowa.
SNAP Calls for More Information as Diocese of Oakland Quietly Adds Names of Abusive Clergy to their List
The Diocese of Oakland has updated their list of “credibly accused” clergy. However, we are very disappointed that they apparently did so without notifying anyone.
A handful of brave female bloggers who expose child sex crimes in churches have just been profiled by the Washington Post. We are humbled by and grateful for the extraordinary compassion and courage of these women and hope their work to protect the vulnerable encourages others to follow in their footsteps. We also hope that other mainstream journalists will see how impressive and credible these prophets are.
According to reports, Michigan's GOP lawmakers are cutting $4-$5 million from the attorney general's budget while her office is investigating clerics who commit and conceal crimes against children. We hope this decision will be reversed. Partisan politics should not impede efforts to protect children.
America’s bishops have put out today yet another self-report on the church’s on-going abuse and cover up crisis. At this point, no one should trust internal church figures on this horror.
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