Church's Rep 'Shredded' by Sex Abuse: Bishop

Bishop Daniel Conlon, in addressing staff members who oversee child protection policies, said the church's reputation is almost as bad as it was during the Reformation.

The Catholic Church's failure to address and fix the widespread problem of sexual abuse in its ranks has left the reputation of its hierarchy "shredded," Bishop Daniel Conlon told staffers.

Conlon, who chaired the bishops' Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People, said it was an "illusion" to believe the church could repair its credibility by implementing new policies on child protection while doing "some decent publicity."

Conlon was quoted in a speech he gave in August to a conference of staffers who oversee child safety programs in American dioceses in an article in the Aug. 30 edition of Origins, according to the Religion News Service.

The situation is akin to the Reformation, when "the episcopacy, the regular clergy, even the papacy were discredited," he said.

That said, staffers could be key to slowly turning things around, he's quoted as saying in the news service story.

"You may have a better chance. People -- in the church, outside the church, and hanging on the edge -- need to know that real progress is being made."

Jeanne Hall September 06, 2012 at 09:57 AM
Bishop Conlon is being very honest about this whole priest sex scandal. And it took just a small group of gays & pedophiles to bring it about & bring down a respectable profession & a major religion, namely, the Catholic priesthood & the Catholic Church. Now everybody hates Catholics! This is just like how a small group of terrorists brought down another major religion, namely, Islam. Now everybody hates Muslims! It's all the same thing! Maybe what is needed is for the Catholic Church to look into its teachings & policies on gays & for the Muslim Community to look into its teachings & policies on war & peace.
Roger Knut September 06, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Karen Sorensen, your ability to flunk reporting 101 is astounding. I can't believe your bosses let you get away with ruining people by lifting random stories off the internet and calling it a new story. You did that with a politician when you lifted his opponents blog. You did it again here by writing a story of a story of a story of a speech. Did you even bother to call the Bishop? NO! "Failure to address and fix a widespread problem of sexual abuse" you put words in the Bishop's mouth. When I read the links to the real stories, he NEVER said that.
John a. September 06, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Roger is right. This is a bad story. Joliet patch has no credibility.
Rick Smith September 06, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Question: Is roger knut a sandusky supporter?
Mike Schauer September 06, 2012 at 01:50 PM
"worst news reporting, I have ever seen" Give me a break. Apologists for the sex-abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church,just don't seem to get. They act like the Church is the victim here. Just like the Penn St. scandal,the only victims are the children who were raped and molested by the Catholic Church and it's priests. Bishop Conlon seems to see the real picture here. The Church's cover-up of this disgusting scandal,is a crime. And until the Church comes to grip with that,and calls out it's hierarchy,their credibility will always be in question. And it should be. They the Bishops the Cardinals,and anyone else who new about the abuses taking place are no different then the predators who pounced on our children. There is a moral obligation,that simply was not adhered to. Just like the assistant coach from Penn St. Mike McQueary,who saw a rape being committed,and instead of stopping it. He ran away to tell his father first,then Paterno.To me he is just as guilty. All the good thing that Paterno did are now not his legacy. His legacy is that he covered up and allowed a monster to victimize children and did nothing to stop it. And the same with the Catholic Church,and it's cover up of this disgusting scandal. The Church needs more leaders like Conlon to speak out and finally admit the curch's wrong doing. And to reach out to the only victims in this sordid affair,Our Children.


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