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How is it that the Catholic Church bishops can still refuse an audit?

March 13, 2009
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I had thought that once the Catholic Church was investigated for failing to act on abuse claims that there would be some sort of external review for the local diocesan leaders, some show or sign that the leaders of the Catholic Church werent’ at worst, flakes with an egomaniacal God complex, at worst, criminals or accessories to criminal acts against children.  According to a recent report; however, the Catholic Church bishops who don’t wish to participate in a review can just opt out:

The Diocese of Lincoln, Neb., as it has in previous years, refused to participate in the audit. Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz has said the evaluation wouldn’t “place into context” the large number of priests who were not abusive. Bishop Robert Vass of the Diocese of Baker, Ore., also refused, saying the diocese will not conduct safe environment training for children.

Separately, five eparchies, or regional districts for parishes that follow the Eastern rite, also refused the review.

The reports from the bishops are part of the reforms they enacted in 2002, at the height of the scandal, which began with the case of one predatory priest in the Archdiocese of Boston and spread throughout the U.S. and beyond. Thousands of clergy have been accused since 1950.

Wow, since when did it become an option to out of  a review?  How can this happen?  I, as a Catholic, had just begun to have faith in the faith again.  Now, I am just sad and scared about what used to be a legacy turning into a menace.

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