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O'Brien on priest sexual abuse: Making sure it doesn't happen again
O'Brien on priest sexual abuse: Making sure it doesn't happen again

Often, when the Catholic Church's sexual abuse crisis is discussed, some defender of the church will accurately point out that no other institution has done more to study itself and to create safeguards that protect children in the area of sexual abuse. While this may indeed be the case, it should not be a cause for congratulations. Instead, our efforts should be seen as our willing acceptance of our responsibility to do what we can to protect children. In 2002, when the light had been shined on this dark place in our church, the U.S. bishops gathered to address the crisis that had emerged and to prevent the causes of it from ever again threatening our children, the priesthood and...

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