“ While the majority of reports of abuse over the past years have come out of the United States, the Vatican office responsible for clergy sex abuse cases has reported processing a record 1,000 cases in 2019 alone, many from countries it had not heard from before. This development has led some Vaticanists to believe that “the worst may be yet to come.”
In 1985, Dominican Fr. Thomas Doyle warned Vatican officials and all the U.S. bishops about the serious consequences of clerical sexual abuse in his co-authored report, “The Problem of Sexual Molestation by Roman Catholic Clergy: Meeting the Problem in a Comprehensive and Responsible Manner.”
The way Chinese communist officials dealt with Dr. Li Wenliang is reminiscent of how Church leaders relieved Fr. Doyle of his position at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C. and buried his co-authored report. It was then-Abp. Edwin O’Brien who revoked Doyle’s ecclesiastical endorsement and ex-Cdl. Theodore McCarrick who denied him priestly faculties, lest he inform parishioners of the abuse of minors, seminarians and young adults he knew was being committed and covered up.
Just as hundreds of thousands of people could have avoided contracting the coronavirus had Chinese communist officials taken the advice of Dr. Wenliang, thousands of Catholics in the U.S. and hundreds of thousands of Catholics in the world could have avoided being sexually abused by priests if only Church officials had heeded Fr. Doyle’s warnings and not covered up his report. While Doyle warned that the price tag for ignoring this problem could cost the Church as much as $1 billion, it turns out that the U.S. Church to date has paid close to $4 billion for abuse settlements and legal fees.”
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