The Deliver Us podcast asks: Are the reforms working?

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In this episode, we look at the reforms the U.S. Catholic Bishops drafted after the sexual abuse crisis of 2002. How did these new rules change things for Catholics in parishes around the country?

We look at the Dallas Charter for the Protection of Children—a set of policies that the bishops drafted to safeguard children from sex abuse. Governor Frank Keating of Oklahoma tells us what it was like to monitor compliance with anti-abuse policies as the chair of a national review board, and former F.B.I. agent Kathleen McChesney explains how she helped to implement the rules. We also hear from Jane Casserly Myers, a lay Catholic woman who had to deal with these changes in her home parish.

Finally, America’s national correspondent Michael O’Loughlin explains how one of the public faces of the Dallas Charter—former Archbishop Theodore McCarrick—came to be found guilty of abuse of a minor himself decades later.

Links:

Kathleen McChesney: Disclose the Names of Clergy Abusers: It’s time to end the debate

Michael O'Loughlin: Former Cardinal McCarrick faces laicization. What does that mean?

 

The theme music for Deliver Us is composed and produced by Kris McCormick. Additional music courtesy of APM.

Jeffrey More
2 weeks 1 day ago

“Are the reforms working?” The question should be, “Are you out of your fucking minds?” The “reforms” of 2002 were a con job; the hierarchy came down on the lower echelons of the clerical caste, while exempting themselves (with cover of canon law) from scrutiny or consequences for their own sexual depredations. The Catholic Church is truly a RICO enterprise.

J Cosgrove
2 weeks 1 day ago

I assume that the reforms are working such that there is little if any abuse of minors.

But that is not the current problem. So why ask the question unless one wants to deflect from the real issue.

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