Wisconsin Priest: Leaders Of Catholic Church Need More Honest Approach To Sexual Abuse Cases

Wisconsin Public Radio

November 26, 2018

By John Davis

For the last two decades the Roman Catholic Church has been the center of several high-profile scandals involving the sexual abuse of children by priests.

In the wake of countless accusations, priests and those involved in the church are questioning how to move forward.

For one Eau Claire pastor, Rev. Thomas Krieg of St. James the Greater Catholic Church, the key is for the Catholic church hierarchy to be honest about the history of sex abuse.

He also said the underlying problem in the Catholic church has been the need of its leaders to protect the reputation of the church.

“That’s really what we’re working on now is greater transparency. We’re here to serve. A crime is a crime. Forget about protecting reputations, let’s protect children. Let’s hold everyone who has a part to play in the destruction of lives accountable,” Krieg said.

Charlene Burns, a professor of philosophy and religious studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, agrees.

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