Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Apology inadequate

Sex abuse victims to O’Malley: “Discipline pastor”

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

Cardinal O’Malley’s ‘apology’ to Lowell parishioners is inadequate. He needs to severely discipline Monsignor Stanislaw Kempa.

Kempa called courageous, deeply wounded clergy sex abuse victims “cowards.” He knowingly contributed to a long-standing church culture and practice of intimidating child sex abuse victims.

Apologies are quick, easy, and ineffective. One reason so many Catholic officials continue to act recklessly and callously about abuse is because no Catholic official is ever disciplined, no matter how hurtful his words or deeds are. If you are a Catholic cleric, you can virtually do or say anything about abuse victims or predators and be confident that you’ll never lose a day’s pay. This must change but won’t change if O’Malley responds to Kempa’s egregious wrong-doing by merely apologizing to his flock.

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