Daily Beast. December 5, 2013
As sex abuse lawyers, we know victims of clergy abuse simply haven't gotten the attention they deserve, and a Daily Beast piece on the Pope Francis commission makes a stringent examination of the plan:
“On Thursday, Pope Francis agreed to a to appoint a special ad-hoc commission for the protection of minors to address alleged and proven sex abuse by Catholic priests.”
Will this be more coverup or a positive step? Victims groups see this as more of the same.
Another commission surveying bishops and recommending policies is meaningless. “It's like offering a band aid to an advanced cancer patient,” Clohessy said. “These crimes and cover ups have gone on for centuries quietly and decades publicly. Only decisive action helps, not more studies and committees and promises.”