February 04, 2006

Priest Abuse Survivors Group Wants Cardinal George Disciplined


CHICAGO (CBS) -- An advocacy group for victims of sexual abuse by priests wants Francis Cardinal George and his staff to face disciplinary action.

Members of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests say the cardinal failed to deal effectively with a widening scandal in the archdiocese involving an alleged failure to report cases of sexual abuse by priests.

George's grim concession this week that he failed to act soon enough to stanch a fresh priest abuse scandal in the nation's third- largest Roman Catholic archdiocese has cast new doubt on reforms taken by U.S. bishops less than four years ago.

George, who played a prominent role in developing the church's response to the clergy abuse scandal that erupted in 2002, accepted blame Thursday for his archdiocese's failure to remove a priest after allegations arose months before he was charged with sexual abuse two weeks ago.

"We thought this was done, or at least contained, and it doesn't seem to have been," a weary-looking George said during a public mea culpa at Holy Name Cathedral.

Posted by kshaw at February 4, 2006 07:35 AM