Monday, July 16, 2007

Record Payout from Catholic Church over Priest Sexual Abuse Cases

"LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The leader of the largest U.S. Roman Catholic archdiocese apologized on Sunday for what he called a "terrible sin and crime" as the church confirmed it would pay a record $660 million to people who were sexually abused by priests."

..."The abuse scandal prompted a decline in donations at churches across the United States. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops acknowledged in 2004 that this was its worst scandal and vowed to "heal the hurt that has happened (Reuters Factbox) ."

I am relieved to see the acceptance of wrongdoing...but what is the systemic cause, and what is being done about it?

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