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*Image: A Bishop and a Cardinal by Mead Schaeffer [from the Saturday Evening Post issue of February 14, 1942]. The illustration accompanied Stephen Vincent Benét’s story, “The Bishop’s Beggar.”

By Fr. Gerald E. Murray, The Catholic Thing, May 27, 2020

The Rev. Gerald E. Murray, J.C.D. is a canon lawyer and the pastor of Holy Family Church in New York City.

Note: Our colleague and friend Fr. Gerry Murray shows this morning that, even after all we’ve been through and all that’s been done, we’re not entirely out of the woods when it comes to the abuse crisis. And that we’re also only a few weeks away from two years since the McCarrick revelations, with no sign that the promised report on the scandal is about to appear. All of this should remind us that we need to continue our efforts, daily and without letup, to keep our Church – from the local parish to the highest offices in the Vatican – on the right path. We’re ready at TCT, but cannot carry out this vital service without your support. Great things are at stake: people, the life of the Church, the truth, and ultimately eternity. Just a few days remain in this fundraising period. Please play your part in this work. Click the button. Support The Catholic Thing. – Robert Royal

Fr. Gerald E. Murray

The horror of the sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests, an unspeakable crime, has been compounded in many cases by the decision of Church leaders – bishops and religious superiors – to downplay grave allegations, and to refuse punishing priests found guilty of criminal behavior. The recent exposure by Christine Niles at of horrendous wrongdoing by priests and superiors of the Society of St. Pius X, founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, is one more chapter in the shameful history of clerical criminals being protected by negligent, and thus complicit, superiors.

John Lamont reacted to these stunning revelations in an essay that merits careful attention. He spells out a sad reality that is often ignored when considering the sordid history of why church leaders too often have done little or nothing about the criminal behavior of those subject to their authority ….

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