Click here to read: “Priest Accused of Groping Man at YMCA Locker Room,” by David Chang, NBC Philadelphia, Jan. 19, 2014
Editor’s note: According to our sources, the Office of Clergy handles adult victims of priests (meaning the sexual contact took place after age 18). Upon approval, those who have had a sexual relationship with a priest can receive a limited number of counseling sessions. The budget for this runs through Office of Clergy rather than the Office of Victim Assistance. Does this budget division allow sexual misconduct reporting to be skewed? The Office of Victim Assistance handles the actual services and paperwork.
Are these priests removed from ministry? Do parishioners have access to this history? No. Once again we can’t be part of the solution because we aren’t even aware of the problem until civil authorities step in. There is no chance of reform without transparency. Clearly, there are big problems within the priesthood. This isn’t fair to the priests who behave properly. This isn’t fair to parishioners who expect spiritual guidance.
Remember the article in Philadelphia Magazine that suggested the child sex abuse was covered up and overlooked because other priests in power had sins of their own to hide.