January 04, 2006

Bishop addresses morals out on

Courier & Press

By PHILIP ELLIOTT Courier & Press staff writer 461-0783 or elliottp@courierpress.com
January 4, 2006

Evansville Bishop Gerald Gettelfinger cautioned against "lapses in morals," whether they come in the form of child abuse, lax discipline against abusive clergy or children's access to pornography.

Addressing Rotarians on Tuesday, the Roman Catholic bishop also lauded the gradual decay of the "code of silence" that allowed a public airing of decades of sexual abuse at the hands of members of the clergy.

"I can tell you, dear friends, we have learned a lot as bishops," said Gettelfinger.

He said new instances of abuse "virtually dropped to zero" last year, but said he does not expect a total end.

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