Opinion: The question this priest was asked after the Catholic Church sexual abuse report

The faithful of the Catholic Church in France — and indeed worldwide — are reeling from a commission’s report documenting that between 2,900 and 3,200 church workers have abused more than 200,000 minors over a 70-year span. Upon hearing the news, a parishioner of mine asked, “Father, is this abuse stuff starting all over again?” Gratefully, I was able to say, no, however, the continued reckoning of the Catholic Church and other institutions continues because of years of denial and cover-up. Yes, things have changed, but change has been too long in coming.

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