July 17, 2010

New Vatican Guidelines are Tiny Step

A recent statement by Survivors of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) characterizes the new Vatican abuse guidelines as "...a tiny step closer to action."
The crisis isn’t due to inadequate church policies. It’s due to reckless, secretive and self-serving church officials, who seem to consistently value their own comfort and reputations over the safety of their flocks. Tweaking existing church policies won’t have real impact on bishops’ behavior and won’t make the changes that kids need to be safe.
A discouraging assessment but one with which I agree.