When discussing child abuse by clergy, visitors to this web site often make statements like the following, which appeared yesterday:
>>>Do you really think the bishop's only concern was to protect the image of the Church or to shield the abuser? You think the bishop had no concern for the child? Please answer the question directly.
My answer: Read (if you can bear it) the 2005 grand jury report from Philadelphia:
By RALPH CIPRIANO
A grand jury that investigated the Philadelphia archdiocese for more than three years has concluded that two former archbishops orchestrated a systematic cover-up spanning four decades that managed to successfully shield from prosecution 63 priests who had sexually abused hundreds of children.