commented on SNAP blasts prior handlers of now-arrested predator priest
2011-12-13 10:12:48 -0500
I grew up there, but go back rarely, so this story is both a surprise and not given the abuses uncovered before this. It’s dismal. The Diocese of Bridgeport has been arrogant in many ways in the past fifty years. I don’t expect that much will change there in the future. The only thing that I can think of to help is reporting to the police and hoping for criminal charges. Thankfully, Canada is taking this seriously.
Meanwhile, I live in State College PA these days where the Penn State/Sandusky scandal is playing out. His preliminary hearing is tomorrow morning. No doubt, we will all be privy to the charges and witness statements by tomorrow night. The media is here en masse already. It’s difficult given my own abuse, but the worst of it is the self-protective nature of institutions. The ultimate betrayal by A church, a diocese, a college . Given the culture of institutional self-protection, I don’t see an end to this. It will happen again and again. I wish I could have some hope, but I don’t. It’s up to us to speak truth to power and require change, but I don’t expect change to happen unless we are unremitting in our demands. If you can’t or won’t do that, be prepared for more.