Disinfecting denial and secrecy

La Croix International

June 29, 2020

By Nuala Kenny OC, MD

“Nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known” (Matthew 10, 26-28)

Courageous proclamation of the “good news” of God’s love for us is the heart of Jesus’ mission. He is unwavering in acknowledging the truth of this mission, even at great personal cost. And he is relentless in denouncing denial of the truth of God’s love.

The infection of Silence and Secrecy

Silence, secrecy and denial have been evident at every level of the clergy sexual abuse crisis – from the abuse of individuals to leadership’s response to victims’ stories and its minimization of the harm done, as well as its pursuit of gag orders, non-disclosure agreements and active cover-up.

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