November 20, 2005

Tormented by broken trust

The News Journal

By DAVID F. LEDFORD, Executive Editor
The case of Barry Lamb illustrates how the Catholic Church's Wilmington Diocese has handled allegations of sexual abuse since the 1950s. Lamb was 15 in 1985 when he told church officials that the Rev. Edward Dudzinski had sexually abused him while on a trip to Virginia. Dudzinski was removed as an associate pastor at St. Mary Magdalen parish in Fairfax.

The church helped Lamb get counseling. It did not report Dudzinski to police, nor did it help arrange for Lamb and his parents to speak with authorities.

"They said, 'You are not planning on having him arrested, are you, and causing any legal problems for us?' " Lamb recalled.

Posted by kshaw at November 20, 2005 08:15 AM