Ms. magazine  -- more than a magazine a movement

SIGN UP FOR MS. DIGEST, JOBS, NEWS AND ALERTS

FEMINIST WIRE NEWSBRIEFS

ABOUT
SEE CURRENT ISSUE
SHOP MS. STORE
MS. IN THE CLASSROOM
FEMINIST DAILY WIRE
FEMINIST RESOURCES
PRESS
JOBS AT MS.
READ BACK ISSUES
CONTACT
RSS (XML)
 
feminist wire | daily newsbriefs

December-11-02

NH Diocese Facing Criminal Indictment, First to Settle

Faced with criminal violations, carrying fines as high as $20,000, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester on Tuesday admitted it failed to protect children from pedophilic priests. Bishop John B. McCormack signed an agreement with New Hampshire state prosecutors, acknowledging “evidence likely to sustain a conviction of charge… against the diocese,” reported the Boston Globe. Under terms of the settlement, the Manchester diocese must abide by state child abuse reporting laws and immediately notify authorities of all suspicions, including incidents where the victim is no longer a minor, according to the Associated Press. In addition, the diocese is required to release internal documents collected during the investigation, undergo yearly compliance audits, and step up personnel training and education programs. State attorney general Philip T. McLaughlin said, “The agreement closes the door on an era of secrecy in the handling of allegations of sexual abuse lodged against priests, and it opens a new door to diocesan accountability and greater protection for children,” according to the Boston Globe.

Meanwhile, Bishop Wilton D. Gregory, President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, continued to deny that other dioceses committed any wrongdoing. In a press release issued after the Manchester settlement, he stated, “The errors of specific persons, at specific times and places, which may have endangered children, cannot be attributed to the ‘church’ as a whole without overlooking the lives of integrity and good works of ministers of the church in our country throughout history.”

Last week, the Boston Archdiocese—under court order—publicly released over 2,000 of 11,000 internal documents detailing an undeniable, chronic problem with priest pedophilia over the last three decades. The files revealed a disturbing pattern of prioritizing the church’s reputation over the protection and safety of those vulnerable to priest pedophilia. This past Monday, 58 Boston-region clerics submitted a letter urging Cardinal Bernard Law’s resignation. The letter stated, “The events of recent months and, in particular, of these last few days, make it clear to us that your position as our bishop is so compromised that it is no longer possible for you to exercise the spiritual leadership required for the church of Boston,” reported the Associated Press. Since Sunday, Law has been meeting with the Vatican—the purpose of his meeting has yet to be disclosed. Yesterday, Law resigned as chair of Catholic University’s Board of Trustees.

Media Resources: Associated Press 12/11/02, 12/10/02; Boston Globe 12/11/02; Reuters 12/10/02; Feminist Daily News Wire


© Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine

If you liked this story, consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Ms. magazine.

 

 

Send to a Friend
Their
Your
Comments
(optional)


More Feminist News

4/18/2014 Texas Hospitals Revoke Admitting Privileges to Abortion Providers - Reproductive health access in Texas continues to vanish in the wake of HB 2, the omnibus anti-abortion bill that, among other things, requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges in order to keep their clinics open. . . .
 
4/18/2014 Dartmouth President Calls For Changes In Wake of Federal Sexual Assault Investigation - Dartmouth College President Phil Hanlon gave a powerful speech Wednesday night calling for significant changes on campus in light of its high rates of sexual assault, high-risk drinking, and discriminatory social scene. "Darmouth's promise is being hijacked by high-risk and harmful behaviors, behaviors that are hurting too many of our students, dividing us as a community and distracting from our important work of teaching and learning," Hanlon said. . . .
 
4/17/2014 Federal Court Permanently Blocks North Dakota's Extreme 6-Week Abortion Ban - A federal district court permanently blocked one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the nation yesterday, calling it "invalid and unconstitutional." The North Dakota law, HB 1456, directly challenged Roe v. . . .