November 24, 2005

Innocent priests need to be protected

One in Four

Things are rarely as simple as they seem. Today most people probably agree that as soon as an allegation of child abuse is made against someone, that person should be suspended from their job while an investigation takes place.

The trouble is, even if the person is cleared, lasting damage will have been done to his or her reputation. Frankly, it would be better to be suspected of murder than of child abuse.

With this kind of thinking in mind, it has been decided in Britain that teachers accused of child abuse will not be automatically suspended while an investigation takes place.

One of the teachers' unions has said staff must be given more protection against "false and malicious claims which are destroying careers and reputations".

What of priests? Should they be automatically suspended or not?

Posted by kshaw at November 24, 2005 09:34 AM