I am struggling with an issue related to the clergy sexual abuse scandal. There are many people who came forward in regards to their own sexual abuse at the hands of clergy members. Is it a lie of omission for a bishop and the bishops staff and legal advisers to not make public, not even to clergy, the fact that the overwhelming number of abuse allegations brought forward in a diocese were substantiated? Knowing that would certainly make a difference in the perspective of the Church, (clergy and the people), in how they react.
Names are not important, nor are ages of those molested or even how long ago it was done. Just the knowledge that there has not been a rush to get money by outlandish and false accusations should be known to the faithful. People who have not been molested may still have trouble because they do not understand that molestation makes an indelible mark in a person that effects every aspect of their life and being. Five years or 70 years does not matter…truth has no expiration date…truth matters and bringing sin to God’s light matters…time is the only thing that doesn’t matter when reporting or dealing with abuse. We have to ask ourselves; ‘How is it loving to attack abuse victims/survivors?’