Matt Malone, S.J., is traveling abroad. But I also suspect he let me be the pinch-hitter for this column in America’s special sports issue out of pity.
The terms used to describe and classify alleged sexual abuse are not standardized across dioceses and religious orders. Should they be?
While church officials have publicly identified 185 clergy members in Illinois as having been “credibly” accused of child sexual abuse, the Illinois attorney general's office states that it found allegations of abuse by at least 500 more.