PROSECUTORS CRACK DOWN ON CLERGY ABUSE AS BISHOPS GATHER | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

PROSECUTORS CRACK DOWN ON CLERGY ABUSE AS BISHOPS GATHER

SOURCE: APNEWS.COM
DETROIT (AP) — Hundreds of boxes. Millions of records. From Michigan to New Mexico this month, attorneys general are sifting through files on clergy sex abuse, seized through search warrants and subpoenas at dozens of archdioceses.

They’re looking to prosecute, and not just priests. If the boxes lining the hallways of Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s offices contain enough evidence, she said, she is considering using state racketeering laws usually reserved for organized crime. Prosecutors in Michigan are even volunteering on weekends to get through all the documents as quickly as possible.

For decades, leaders of the Roman Catholic Church were largely left to police their own. But now, as American bishops gather for a conference to confront the reignited sex-abuse crisis this week, they’re facing the most scrutiny ever from secular law enforcement.

A nationwide Associated Press query of more than 20 state and federal prosecutors last week found they are looking for legal means to hold higher ups in the church accountable for sex abuse. They have raided diocesan offices, subpoenaed files, set up victim tip lines and launched sweeping investigations into decades-old allegations. Thousands of people have called hotlines nationwide, and five priests have recently been arrested.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

THIS time, the Catholic Church needs to acknowledge that they have an institutional illness, called child abuse.

When you deny clerics their very sexuality, which was, BTW, NOT a tenant , or article of faith by the early church, but came after a series of scandals involving mistresses, etc., and put them into a position of power, particularly over impressionable kids, this crud... will, and does happen.

And to Pope Francis; your institution is just on the keening edge, of being sued out of existence.

So how do you solve it?!? Retract the oath of celibacy, and look for young men, with wives and kids, who will contribute to the whole of the church's future.

Because, sir, if you do NOT do this, and now, you are setting up the church for a fall from grace, and away from public good will, beyond what you can possibly imagine.

You are welcome, Your Holiness!!!

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