What will Archbishop Robert Carlson do about one of his priests - accused of fondling a girl earlier this year – whose criminal trial has just been scheduled for March.
Will Carlson do what Catholic bishops almost always do – nothing? Or will he display real leadership and courage and compassion by using his vast resources help police and prosecutors build a strong case and successfully keep a child molester away from other kids?
This isn’t rocket science. It’s common sense and common decency. Through church bulletins and parish websites and archdiocesan publications, Carlson can – and should – send a simple but crucial message: “If you have any information that might help law enforcement convict Fr. Xiu "Joseph' Jiang, please step forward right away.”
Why is this crucial?
Because child molesters rarely strike only once.
Because most clergy sex cases can’t be prosecuted.
Because many predator priests exploit technicalities and walk free.
Because kids can’t help find other victims so responsible adults must.
Because unless bishops begin to change, their shattered reputations and diminished moral clout won’t ever be restored.