Pages and protection: A first step in bringing clergy sex abuse secrets to light

Pages and protection: A first step in bringing clergy sex abuse secrets to light

, National Catholic Reporter

We published our first major exposé on the abuse of minors by clergy in our June 7, 1985, issue, just days before the U.S. bishops were to gather at St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn., for their annual June meeting. Our coverage comprised a long piece out of Louisiana by Jason Berry about a young priest-pedophile in the Lafayette diocese;

an equally long report on other predatory priests around the nation by Arthur Jones, our Washington bureau chief; and an editorial written by Jones that scored the bishops for their cover-ups. "Keeping the affair quiet has usually assumed greater importance than any possible effect on the victims themselves."

Berry and Jones have pursued careers in the best traditions of American journalism -- to  . . .

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