One Eyed Men as Kings, by Kristine Ward

Published on March 6, 2013

In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king.

We sincerely hope this is not what’s happening in the view of the world’s Cardinals as they read interviews by the Cardinals from the United States and speak with them over coffee, meals and in reception lines during these days.

Because a vast amount of news print and broadcast minutes were brought to bear on the sexual abuse scandal in the United States, the country’s Cardinals should not be seen as experts on the protection of children or justice for the survivors. Neither should Ireland’s Primate Sean Brady nor Australia’s Cardinal George Pell.

For that, we sincerely hope the Cardinals and especially the man who emerges as Pope know that accountability will come only from hard Church examination from experts across a number of critical fields: legal, psychological, medical, sociological, educational, and financial.

Cardinals, it appears from the dribbling in approach that some of them have engineered to delay the setting of a date for the conclave, do know how to strategize.

The world will be watching to see if they willing to put that skill to use for the true benefit of the protection of children and justice for those raped and sodomized by priests and nuns to address the largest crisis in the Church in the past 500 years.

— Kristine Ward, Chair, National Survivor Advocates Coalition, (NSAC) ,

The National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC) is an all volunteer organization of in the pew Catholics and men and women of goodwill supporting survivors of sexual abuse and working to educate society about sexual abuse and to bring about effective legislative reforms. NSAC News is a daily free online news briefing on the scandal distributed online Monday through Friday. To subscribe email Steve Sheehan:


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