“A worthless and dangerous report”
Posted on May 25, 2011
Last week, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) released a report called “The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2010,” the title of which is self-explanatory. You can read the press release and report here.
Blogger Miranda Celeste Hale has done us all a service by critically examining the report. She found it problematic in many different ways:
Before I read the newly-released report, I tried to be as charitable and optimistic about it as possible, with the thought that “well, this is better than nothing”. After finishing the report, though, I can say with certainty that both my charity and my optimism were unwarranted. I was wrong. Very wrong. This report isn’t better than nothing. It’s a major setback in the movement towards Church accountability.