Friday, March 26, 2010

The Incredible Irony of the Catholic Wisconsin Abuse Story

People might be shocked but the New York Times did not break a new big story on Father Murphy and the sexual abuse that occurred in Wisconsin. Though if you were reading the New York Times piece this week you might have thought they did. This has been covered by the Wisconsin papers in huge fashion. The fact that this story occured just days after the Bishops released the findings of their new Diocese audit(that shows great progress) is suspect.

Now what is incredible and ironic is this. That SNAP in the past and other victims have dismissed the former Archbishop Weakland attempts to defend herself against these accusations that he had never properly sanctioned the abuse by calling into question the policy of the Vatican.

Read from 2009 Sex-abuse victims group rebuffs Weakland’s naiveté claim

Advocates for victims of Catholic clergy sex abuse on Monday released documents they say refute claims by retired Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland that he did not understand early on the criminal nature of the abuse or its long-term effects on victims.

They also disputed statements that he attempted to deal with pedophile priests but was thwarted by Vatican policy.

Weakland makes those assertions in his forthcoming memoir, "A Pilgrim in a Pilgrim Church," saying at one point, "We all considered sexual abuse of minors as a moral evil, but had no understanding of its criminal nature."

The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests took issue with the claims, and on Monday released documents from a civil fraud case involving the late Father Lawrence Murphy, who is thought to have abused as many as 200 deaf children in the 1960s and '70s.

"He likes to position himself as a critic of the Vatican, the one bishop who stood up to challenge the system," SNAP Midwest Director Peter Isely said of Weakland, in releasing the documents outside the archdiocese's Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.
"He never once stood up against the system when it came to the molestation and rape of boys" by Murphy at St. John School for the Deaf in St. Francis, where Murphy worked for two decades, Isely said

Now the actual documentation that the New York Times provided (but not in the actual story itself) proves this!!!

Now the New York Times through their incredible sensational reporting is in fact doing what the victims complained about.

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