Sunday, June 20, 2010

Analysis: Sex abuse crisis in Europe much like in US in 2002

Analysis: Sex abuse crisis in Europe much like in US in 2002
EUROPE
Baxter Bulletin (United States)

NEW YORK (AP) — It's 2002 all over again.

The Roman Catholic sex abuse crisis now unfolding from Ireland to Germany to Denmark has been a near replay of the scandal that hit U.S. dioceses eight years ago. And if the American experience is any indication, European Catholics have a long, painful road ahead.

The problem of clergy abuse in the U.S. first became widely known in the mid-1980s because of a predator priest in Louisiana, then exploded in 2002, when a court unsealed files in the case of an accused priest in the Archdiocese of Boston. The documents revealed a pattern of administrators moving guilty clergy among parishes without telling parents or police. Catholics nationwide demanded that their local dioceses explain how they had handled claims.

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