When you’re a poor kid from a poor family, religion counts for a lot. And when a priest pays attention to you, it’s a big deal.
We’ve got two stories here. We got a story about degenerate clergy. And we got a story about a bunch of lawyers turning child abuse into a cottage industry. Now, which story do you want us to write? Cause we’re writing one of them.
They knew and they let it happen. To kids! Ok? It could have been you, It could have been me. It could have been any of us. We gotta nail these scumbags. We gotta show people that nobody can get away with this. Not a priest or a Cardinal, or a freaking Pope!
Sometimes it’s easy to forget that we spend most of our time stumbling around the dark. Suddenly a light gets turned on and there’s a fair share of blame to go around. I can’t speak to what happened before I arrived, but all of you have done some very good reporting here, reporting that I believe is gonna have an immediate and considerable impact on our readers. For me, This kind of story is why we do this.
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We need to focus on the institution. Not the individual priests. Practice and policy. Show me the Church manipulate the system so this guys wouldn’t have to face charges. Show me they put those same priests back into parishes time and time again. Show me this was systemic that it came from the top down.