O’Malley: “We will never forget the shame that was committed”

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The Cardinal Archbishop of Boston, in a letter to the diocese, does not hide discomfort and disgust at events tied to pedophilia in the Church, and delineates a commitment for the future

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The Church – including the one in Boston – “will never be able to forget the crisis” provoked by sexual abuse committed by clergy. But it has “dealt honestly with the issue” and has “put the necessary changes into place.” Resolve and “transparency” were important weapons in this reconstruction. And today, Cardinal Seán O’Malley points out, “with the very clear policies put in place, if a bishop is reckless in neglecting [the protection of children], I think that’s something that demands attention on the part of the Holy See. If you can’t do difficult things, you shouldn’t be a bishop. There are always very hard choices.”

Archbishop of Boston O’Malley said these things yesterday in a letter to the diocese – and in an interview with the National Catholic Register – on the occasion of 10 years having passed since the discovery of these crimes. The priest sexual abuse scandal emerged, with a very broad reach, in the diocese of Boston – which was headed at the time by Cardinal Bernard Law – and led to Law’s resignation.

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