Here is Sister Mary Ann Walsh, director of media relations for the USCCB, in Huffpo about the "Woodstock explanation" of the clergy sex abuse crisis: "The gray-haired hippies, who are now retiring from proper jobs in areas such as education, law, medicine, and public service, agree. They reflect nostalgically on Woodstock. They look wistful when they hear the strains of 'Where have all the flowers gone?' and they smile for 'Puff, the magic dragon.' The Catholic hippies might even hum the sing-songy 'Sons of God, hear his holy Word....' Woodstock evokes memories of wise or unwise passion. It doesn't, however, equate to sexual abuse of a child. Sexual abuse of a child is an intolerable aberration for which there is no excuse. For those who ever thought it was not harmful or even, incredibly, thought it was acceptable, education and prison time sent a message. But it had nothing to do with wearing love beads and tie-dyed shirts. " Read the rest here.
Sr. Mary Ann Walsh: Woodstock didn't cause sex abuse