Cover-up of abuse shares in the crimes
As a disaffected Catholic since the unearthing of sexual abuse within the church, I was appalled at the reported statement by newly installed bishop of Antigonish, Brian Dunn, that the hiding of sexual abuse in the church is over.
This represents a frightening omen for the future of this institution. It can never be over if those who hid the abuse remain in power.
They are as criminally responsible for the victimization of individuals as the perpetrators because they aided and abetted in these crimes against children by covering them up.
Only if and when the hierarchy of the church acknowledges its responsibility and makes those culpable for the continuation of abuse over the years accountable for their actions can the church ever hope to move on.
Every pastor, monsignor, bishop and cardinal, and even the pope, should be investigated for his part in allowing these atrocious crimes to occur.
Nazi war criminals were convicted because the world would not accept “I was following orders” or “I did not know it was happening.” At a minimum, the same standard should be applied to those involved here. Pauline Mesher Catalone