The This World documentary, The Shame of the Catholic Church, shown on BBC2 last night (on iPlayer here) exaggerated and seriously misrepresented the role played by Seán Brady, now Cardinal Archbishop of Armagh, in a 1975 internal Church inquiry into the abusive priest Fr Brendan Smyth.
Bishops, religious superiors, abuse victims and experts will be meeting in Rome next month to launch a three-year multi-institution e-learning centre designed to help the Church throughout the world deal swiftly and effectively with clerical abuse of minors.
Today's coverage of Lord Carlile's report into mishandling of abuse by the community of Ealing Abbey is generally fair -- with the grand exception of The Times, which attempts to claim credit for the inquiry and then massively distorts it.
Two stories on sex abuse in the Church in England and Wales have dovetailed today, reinforcing the impression among many that the Church 'has an ongoing problem' with child protection.
The opposite is the case. Precisely because of the need to confront the legacy of abuse which occurred in the 1970s and 1980s, which was then not properly dealt with, when it comes to safeguarding the Catholic Church in England and Wales has become the best prepared and equipped institution in the UK.
I want a laity, not arrogant, not rash in speech, not disputatious, but men [and women] who know their religion, who enter into it, who know just where they stand, who know what they hold and what they do not, who know their creed so well that they can give an account of it, who know so much of history that they can defend it. I want an intelligent, well-instructed laity - I wish...to enlarge [their] knowledge, to cultivate [their] reason, to get an insight into the relation of truth to truth, to learn to view things as they are, to understand how faith and reason stand to each other, what are the bases and principles of Catholicism...
Blessed John Henry Newman
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