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End Of Scandal Angers Catholic Left – OpEd


It’s over. Not only is the clergy sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church over, those who helped drive it—the Catholic left—have lost. Their pitiful reaction to the 20th anniversary of the Boston Globe series on priestly sexual abuse in Boston is all the evidence we need to make this charge.


The National Catholic Reporter ran three articles on the 20th anniversary of the Boston Globe series, and not one of them had the intellectual honesty to say that the homosexual scandal has been effectively checked.

On January 4, the Reporter ran a piece by Barbara Thorp which concluded that we need a national database of accused clergy. On January 11, it republished an article by Catholic News Service that allowed the discredited shell of a group, SNAP, to claim that no progress has been made. On January 12, it featured an essay by its former editor, Tom Roberts, wherein he said the scandal “is not over.”

As I point out in my book, The Truth About Clergy Sexual Abuse: Clarifying the Facts and the Causes, the Reporter played a prominent role in fostering the scandal.

Its relentless attacks on the Church’s teachings on sexual ethics gave succor to already disordered men, effectively giving them the green light to act on their twisted id. I also point out that dissidents such as the Reporter have a vested ideological interest in pretending that the scandal is on-going. Now they have proved my point beyond dispute.

My news release of January 3 provides evidence that the scandal is long over. “The average number of substantiated accusations [against the clergy] made in the last ten years is 5.9.” In all three articles by the Reporter, there is not one statistic that can support their position. I have the data—they have none.


Case closed. The Catholic left has lost.

Contact Heidi Schlumpf, executive editor of the Reporter: [email protected]

William Donohue

William Donohue is the current president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights in the United States, and has held that position since 1993.

2 thoughts on “End Of Scandal Angers Catholic Left – OpEd

  • January 14, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    Does this author live in reality? This is either an insane level of ignorance or evil. The abuse crisis won’t be over until the church does something to clean up the corruption. So far they’ve done nothing to make a real difference. The same structures that enabled the abuse and coverup are all still in place.

    Does the author think this is over because fewer people talk about it? Sexual abuse stories don’t make a splash anymore because no one is surprised anymore. Over 20 years, it’s become commonly accepted knowledge that the church is corrupt and doesn’t care about kids or honesty. And since when is child abuse a left or right issue? That is an utterly disgusting viewpoint. This is the type of viewpoint that is slowly killing the Catholic church.

    • January 15, 2022 at 2:10 am


      There are a few things I’d like to add, but nothing I need to. (and I’m too angry to be respectful)

      The arrogance (and blatent book plug) is beyond the pale.

      Pure ignorance.


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