Really? Are you kidding me? I may just lose it. Every single day I’m reminded that despite global attention on Catholic clergy sex abuse, the Church is in a complete cluster when it comes to handling it. Or, more cynically, these are calculated moves.
A friend just emailed me a link for the “Protection of Children” Web site page for Holy Trinity Church in Washington D.C. It’s beautifully designed and written. I’m sure she thought they were doing a bang up job of addressing the issue. Aside from the fact that the “audit system” is a joke and that there is no accountability if one doesn’t comply with the charter, one huge problem jumped out. The copy includes a link to their Archdiocesan policy that states:
“For the complete policy and other information on the Archdiocese’s program, including how to report an allegation of abuse, go to: www.adw.org/youth/protect_index.asp.”
Follow that link and your told:
“if you have been a victim of child sexual abuse, to contact Marcia Zvara, M.S.W., director of child protection services, so you may get the assistance you need.”
No. No. No. Go to the civil authorities. Why are some diocese still not directing people to the police? This is a CRIME!
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops needs to wake up and do something real. The faithful are informed. We are watching. Get your house in order. Now.