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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Tennessee Blogging on Pedophile Priest Epidemic, Memphis et al

The sex abuse crisis should teach us that it takes more than a seminary to raise a priest. From 'SNAP of Tennessee':

In the spring of my first year of college, I wrote my bishop and told him I wanted to be a priest in our East Tennessee diocese. Four months later I was in the seminary— at a Benedictine monastery on the far side of Missouri, a good 13-hour drive from the Catholics among whom I had experienced a call to serve....

I didn’t know it then, but the visit was my first contact with the clergy sex abuse crisis. Within 10 years I learned that two of the priests I had met were perpetrators; one was carrying on an abusive relationship with a student I would meet when I arrived at seminary. The third priest claimed on national television to have been abused by my bishop, who was one of the few in the United States to resign as a result of the scandal. As the latest chapter of the sex abuse catastrophe is being written across Europe, I... ( Continue reading here )

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