The recent suspension of 21 priests from active ministry shows that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has not fully come to terms with its latest sexual abuse scandal, for which there is no excuse.
A Feb. 10 grand jury report accused the archdiocese of a decades-long cover-up of pedophile priests and of having up to 37 alleged pedophiles in active ministry. Cardinal Justin Rigali then claimed it had no active priests facing “admitted or established” pedophilia allegations.
That claim is a contradiction to the suspensions, making it an apparent cover-up attempt — especially given that following the suspensions, the archdiocese never explained the discrepancy or why the 21 priests hadn’t been suspended sooner.
Such self-serving actions belie apologists’ rhetoric. They blame victims, the media, anti-Catholic bias — anyone and anything but those culpable for the scandal and the church’s abominable handling thereof.
Join Wendy Wright and SNAP ( Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) President and Founder, Barbara Blaine this Saturday at 1pm ET for a hard look at the lack of accountability of U.S. bishops who have knowingly transferred thousands of abusive priests into unsuspecting parishes and dioceses, placing fear of “scandal” ahead of the welfare of children. Talk just got interesting!
Wright On The Edge, Saturday from 1-3pm on WOL and streaming live at woldcnews.com