Thursday, November 7, 2002

It's official:

Bishops name watchdog:

Kathleen McChesney will be named director of the Office for Child and Youth Protection, a critical post as the bishops try to re-establish their credibility after a year in which at least 300 of the 46,000 American priests have been removed because of allegations of sex abuse. McChesney's appointment was to be announced by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops at a Thursday afternoon news conference.Justice Anne Burke, an Illinois appellate judge and vice chair of the National Review Board, confirmed the appointment in a telephone interview. She said McChesney was chosen from a pool of more than 50 applicants.....But the Rev. Robert J. Silva, president of the National Federation of Priests' Councils, said he was concerned by the board's choice of a federal investigator. Silva has been among Catholics who believe the bishops' approach to accused priests since the crisis began has been too punitive and has ignored Catholic teaching on redemption."I hope that she will be able to balance that aggressive investigative side with a sense of church discipleship and the mission of reconciliation," said Silva, whose organization represents about half of U.S. priests.

No. God forbid we be aggressive in investigaing sexual abuse by clergy. We don't want the clergy to be ...concerned.



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