Poor communications played role in sex-abuse crisis

Catholic Courier    |    10.01.2018


To the editor:

Since the McCarrick revelations in the Vigano letter, some are describing the sex abuse crisis as the Church’s 9/11 or the biggest crisis since the Lutheran Reformation. I’ve read numerous articles and see a real breakdown in communication when abuse and red flags are reported in letters to bishops.

I was in management in the ’80s into the 2000s, and if I was reporting something of great concern to the head of the organization I used alerts in bold on my memos or letters, as early as 1990s. I used RE: Urgent Immediate Attention Required.

Such letters involving abuse should require three-day response limits – if not less – not three years or even three months.

Also, seminarians sexting, involved in porn, assaulting and other lewd activities should not be slipping through to be ordained priests. There is an article in a prominent Catholic newspaper that mentions issues at the Rochester Diocese seminary of St. John’s.

And our Diocese website should also have an option for Abuse of Adults which would help to give seminarians and others a green light for reporting.

Gloria House
Painted Post


EDITOR'S NOTE:TEDITOR’S NOTE: The Diocese of Rochester has not operated a seminary since 1981. Some seminarians for the Rochester Diocese attend St. John’s Seminary in the Archdiocese of Boston, which operates under the auspices of Cardinal Séan P. O’Malley, archbishop. On Aug. 10, Cardinal O’Malley launched an independent inquiry at the seminary after two former seminarians wrote on social media that during their time at St. John’s they had “witnessed and experienced activities which are directly contrary to the moral standards and requirements of formation for the Catholic priesthood,” the cardinal said. The outcome of the inquiry is pending

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