Accurate information about the church's sex abuse crisis is what the website bishop-accountability.org is all about--which is why one of its co-directors is so concerned about three myths that keep popping up in the news media.
"These myths minimize the devastation of the past and create the perception that the bishops today have reformed their ways," Anne Barrett Doyle told the national conference of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) in Chicago Saturday afternoon.
She urged those at the conference to watch for--and correct--these three myths when they see them in the media:
1. The myth of mandatory reporting: Although the bishops' Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People specified that church authorities must call the police when an allegation is brought to them, that language was changed in the norms, which are the "real rules," Doyle said. The norms only require "complying with all applicable civil laws."