What’s Missing? by Kristine Ward

Published on March 5, 2013

We find it interesting that Cardinal Francis George of Chicago seems to know how to discuss sexual abuse before a conclave but he quickly loses an interest for the topic after one.

Our readers may recall that before the 2005 conclave Cardinal George made sure the world knew that he had taken up the subject with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and had extracted a promise from the Cardinal-contender that he would do something about it if he emerged from the conclave a pope.

As the Cardinals gathered  Monday for their first official meeting before the conclave Cardinal George was at it again.

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We call our readers attention to this particular understatement by Cardinal George “They (the victims) have been abused by a Catholic priest and sometimes by a Catholic bishop and sometimes the abuse has not been addressed as it should have been by Catholic bishops,” George said. “That is a terrible wound on the body of the church.”

Both Cardinal George and Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York – in these pre-voting interviews — are quick to describe the rape and sodomy of children by priests and nuns as “sin.”

The rape and sodomy of children is criminal activity.

The cover-up by bishops, cardinals and popes is criminal activity.

What’s missing in these interviews is calling a spade a spade.

Also, pay careful attention to how the crisis is framed. It’s the sins of perpetrator priests and what they did.

Indeed what perpetrator priests did needs to be laid on the table in this pre-voting days right alongside what bishops and cardinals and popes did.

How will Cardinals do that while they sitting beside Cardinal Roger Mahony, Cardinal Sean Brady, Cardinal Justin Rigali, and Cardinal Godfried Daneels?

Only a real come to Jesus talk can get them to an honest to God examination of the crisis that results in removals, resignations, and convictions among their own ranks.

What are the odds they are going there?

— Kristine Ward, Chair, National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC) KristineWard@hotmail.com


The National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC) is an all volunteer organziation 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 susbscribe email Steve Sheehan: sheehan1777@aol.com.


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