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More Priests Named As Abusers in New York And Baltimore Archdioceses

May 2, 2019

The Catholic Church continues to halfheartedly address the thousands upon thousands of abuse charges against their priests that continually build with each passing day.

 

And yet each day brings more and more disturbing news.

 

In just the last few years while writing this blog, I have already covered a lot of stories about the Catholic Church's sexual abuse scandals.

 

That brings us to today's post.

Our first stop is in Baltimore, MD. The Baltimore Archdiocese was among the first dioceses to publish a list of priests accused of abuse in the aftermath of the Boston Globe exposé in 2002. When they published that list, there were 57 priests on it who had been accused of abuse.

 

On Wednesday of last week, the archdiocese added the names of 23 priests to the list. With all the other names that have been added to the list since it was first published, the additional 23 names brings the total to 126 priests.

 

The priests added to the list include many that were originally left off the list because they had died when the list was originally published. The archdiocese had decided in 2002 to exclude the names of priests who had passed away.

 

After last year's grand jury report in Pennsylvania, which revealed the horrific scope of the abuse carried out by clergymen there, the Baltimore Archdiocese decided to publish the previously withheld names.

 

How generous of them, finally admitting who among their brethren abused children for decades.

 

Now, onto our second stop.

 

On Friday, the Archdiocese of New York released the names of 120 members of the clergy who had been accused of sexual abuse or possessing child pornography.

 

Cardinal Timothy Dolan admitted that the members of the church had been demanding more accountability.

 

"After hearing from many of you, including many victim-survivors, I have decided to publish a comprehensive list of all archdiocesan clergy found credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor," Dolan admitted in a written statement.

 

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, said in a statement that, "While we are grateful for the bit of transparency shown by the Archdiocese of New York today, we will be looking to the conclusion of the ongoing investigation by Attorney General Letitia James for the full transparency that the public deserves and needs."

 

That statement refers to the investigation the New York attorney general's office began in September following the Pennsylvania grand jury report the month prior.

 

I have to say, these are pretty poor excuses for the representatives of an all-loving, all-powerful deity.

 

For nearly two thousand years, the people of this organization have not just declared themselves the arbiters of human morality.

 

They continue to put forward the minimal amount of effort to address the rampant problem of abusers, and protectors of abusers, that litter their ranks.

 

Take this very story as an example. A report of more than 1,000 pages detailing the terrifyingly vulgar actions of more than 300 priests in Pennsylvania finally pushed the clergy at the Baltimore Archdiocese to admit who among them had been abusing children.

 

It took an investigation by the state of New York to finally get that archdiocese to admit to the 100+ priests among their ranks who also abused children in a myriad of disgusting ways.

 

The Roman Catholic Church's unceasingly slow reaction to the horrors that their representatives commit makes me long for the day when this plague on humanity is finally put to rest.

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