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Letter from Rome: Sexual abuse is not about sex

Jean Vanier violated the Second Commandment, not the Sixth

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Letter from Rome: Sexual abuse is not about sex
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We continue to hear of incidents that more than suggest that Catholics — and, in particular, their bishops — have learned very little from the clergy sex abuse crisis.

This is quite alarming and depressing because the Church in North America has been dealing with issues regarding priests who abuse children and teenagers for at least 30, if not 40, years.

Catholics in Great Britain, Ireland and Australia have been facing this plague for almost as long. And those in the countries of northern Europe began reckoning more openly with abuse among the clerical ranks shortly after the turn of the millennium.

In the last several years, Catholics in the rest of the world have also been forced to admit that there are recurrences of priest sex abuse in their countries, too.

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