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August 24, 2018 – A grand jury report recently disclosed widespread abuse by Catholic priests in Pennsylvania. The story brought up New Mexico’s own history of abuse in the Catholic Church when it was revealed at least a dozen of those accused of molesting children in Pennsylvania were sent to the Servants of the Paraclete Center in Jemez Springs for “treatment.”

Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists look at local reactions to these new revelations of abuse in the Catholic Church.

Line Panelists:

Jeffrey Candelaria, Konnection Now & host on KKOB

Adrian Carver, executive director, Equality New Mexico

Dan Foley, former House minority whip

Sophie Martin, attorney

1 Comment

  1. Bill Mader on September 3, 2018 at 11:54 am

    It’s obvious none of the panel members had researched the subject in advance. Instead, some of them demonstrated a serious and prejudiced perspective on the Church’s approach to this issue. None of them knew the reported abuse has declined markedly since the peak in the 1970’s and 1980’s. None of them pointed out the Church’s approach to the problem that came from the Dallas Charter from 2002 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Jay_Report).

    None of them pointed out sexual abuse is much worse in our schools and far worse in our homes than in the Church! They apparently can’t discern between what happened 30 to 60 years ago vs. what is happening today.

    I hope you’ll invite a representative from the Church who can explain current policy and especially help given to the victims. There is a special place in Hell (I hope) for those who covered up abusive priests! There are many checks in place now to prevent what happened in years past. Unfortunately, there are few checks in place for bad reporting and for the lack of panel members who only repeat what they hear in the bad reporting which is so prevalent in media today.