A second look at The Scandal

If Commonweal, The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property, and a consultant on sex abuse all agree on something, there must be something to it: Taking the Schiltz Challenge. Church officials who claim the recent pederasty scandals were a creation of the anti-Catholic media are wrong, since the outrageous conduct among the bishops that the scandal publicized was real and worth screaming about, but their claim has some basis and the linked article helps give perspective. The general outline of the situation was thoroughly covered by the press years ago, the specific problem of sex abuse appears on the whole to have been dealt with effectively since then, and the immediate cause of many incidents was reliance on bad advice from psychologists who haven’t been sued or even discredited. So why is it the Church rather than the profession of psychology that now has to get restructured?

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