Church Finds Another Reason to Ignore Abuse Charges
The headline in NY Times: “Victims of Abuse by Religious Order Priests Say Their Claims Fall Through the Cracks.” For bureaucratic purposes, members of religious orders like Jesuits, Franciscans, and Benedictines are treated differently than parish priests. Catholic orphanages and similar institutions are often part of orders, and have relatively high rates of abuse. This article documents that when victims of priests from religious orders file a complaint with the archdiocese - which supervises parishes, not the religious orders - the Church often ignores it. Thousands of complaints are effectively jammed into the bureaucratic cracks. I have not seen such similar coverage in any religious media.