May 12, 2006

Group urges bishops to better monitor clergy accused of sexual abuse

The Courier-Journal

By Peter Smith
The Courier-Journal

A national advocate for victims of sexual abuse by clergy says Catholic bishops still have unfinished business in responding to the crisis, such as better monitoring of fellow bishops accused of abuse.

David Clohessy, national director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, visited Louisville yesterday for a series of events with the local chapter of Voice of the Faithful, a group seeking reform in the Catholic Church.

"No abusive bishops are being defrocked," Clohessy said in a news conference across the street from the Cathedral of the Assumption. "Few disclose their whereabouts. Fewer still, we fear, are being monitored."

After he spoke, he and five members of Voice of the Faithful read prayers as they took shelter from the rain beneath an overhang.

Posted by kshaw at May 12, 2006 06:49 AM