The John Jay Report

By now you’re probably aware of the study just released by John Jay College on child abuse in the Catholic Church.  George Weigel has written an excellent analysis of the study’s findings for National Review Online.  The report sheds new light on what has happened in the Church in the last 50 years or so.  It doesn’t exonerate the Church by any means, but it does point out that the crisis coincided with the overall decline in American morals and that the Church has responded well.

Sadly, I doubt that this study will do anything to change the minds of the Catholic bashers.  It will be interesting to see how the liberal media spins the facts.  Personal opinion:  nothing will change.  Here in Saint Louis the front-page article in our local paper ended with a quote from a so-called “watchdog” who thinks that the changes the Church has made are nothing more than a PR stunt.  The fact is that today’s Catholic Church in America is very safe for children.  Safer, for example, than public schools.

It will be interesting to watch the news coverage of this report over the next few days and weeks.

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