The Chicago sexual-abuse audits [UPDATED]
A good summary of the findings in the audits released yesterday by the Chicago Archdiocese. (Here’s the Chicago Tribune‘s story.) I haven’t had a chance to digest the nearly 100 pages of material, but I invite those who have to evalute the response of Barbara Blaine, president of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP):
“Admitting obvious wrongdoing is not real progress. This is nothing
new,” said SNAP president Barbara Blaine, who is calling for George’s
“It’s not the church’s procedures that are flawed, it’s the church’s leadership that is flawed,” she said.
UPDATE: This local TV news story on the reaction of local Catholics contains an intriguing observation from a younger Chicago priest:
Father Ryan says the sex abuse scandal has had an effect on Catholic
young adults, and much depends on whether a young adult has been
directly affected by this scandal. He said it is important to remember
that young adults experience the church at a local level and are not
concerned with what bishops are doing.
I think he’s got it half right. Assuming the story summarizes his thoughts accurately: while it’s certainly true and crucial to realize that religious attachment happens at the local level, the spectre of hypocrisy is a powerful repellent to young adults.