Friday, June 14, 2002

Bishops bar abusive priests from direct parishioner contact -- I'll admit I haven't really being paying very close of attention to this topic, but riddle me this...why is it even an issue? Shouldn't those who abuse children and others be put in jail and not just be banished from public contact? Am I missing some fundamental tidbit of info? Help me out here... The article states: "Bishops also must report all claims of sexual abuse of a minor to public authorities. Church leaders have acknowledged that prelates in many cases had failed to report such allegations to law enforcement." Umm...isn't failure to report akin to acceptance of this behavior? What about reporting abuse of an adult? Or of a mentally challenged adult? Ick.