See that nice man, holding the little girl’s hand?
That’s the priest who abused me and thirty other children.
See this friendly smile?
That belonged to the late Father Michael Cody, whose name was among 77 abusive priests just released by the Seattle Archdiocese.
The Church is Still in Denial on Abuse – Unsurprising, yet Shocking
For anyone who’s seen Spotlight, the amazing film about breaking the story of abuse in the Boston Archdiocese, the fact that what happened in the Seattle Archdiocese mirrors what happened in Boston, is unsurprising.
The fact that all of the abuse, subterfuge and protection is still going on, and that the Archdiocese continues to want to keep abusive priests out of the hands of law enforcement is nothing short of shocking. How is it that the church is still in denial on abuse?
Last week I was interviewed about the release of the names of Seattle area abusive priests by Bill Radke of KUOW. Click the link for the article and audio of that talk.
Why Does the Church Deny it has a Very Specific Problem?
My favorite line from the article:
In response to a Church spokesman who downplayed the number of priests who abuse, attorney Michael Pfau said:
“I would like to see this Archdiocese – and all the Catholic archdioceses – stop saying things like, ‘This is not a Catholic problem.’”
Sexual abuse is very much a Catholic problem, for the simple reason that the Church continues to assume that priests, at least 4% of whom are proven to be sexually twisted, are safe around vulnerable children.