This, from Archbishop Dolan:
It was only the third time it had happened to me in my nearly thirty-five happy years as a priest, all three times over the last nine-and-a-half years.
Other priests tell me it has happened to them a lot more.
Three is enough. Each time has left me so shaken I was near nausea.
It happened last Friday . . .
My thoughts? As we’ve discussed here, saying ‘it’s the same for other organisations’ is just not good enough. But, by the same token, the reasons the Archbishop gives for what amounts to a whiteout on other organisations and walks of life seem to me to be pretty solid.
And if you follow the link to the New York Times report on state-run homes for the disabled, just keep in mind that the American system is little different to the New Zealand one – underfunded, badly supervised, with undertrained and poorly paid workers doing a job that is little appreciated. The agencies struggle to find workers, so complaints are often ignored and minimised. My son is able to speak up for himself, and has a family who investigate when he claims neglect and abuse – but many can’t and don’t.