“Appalled at the now-daily assaults by the liberal media against the Church,” a former United States senator has written a letter to The New York Times defending recent actions taken by American dioceses against abusive priests.
“There is no question that certain Catholic clergymen abused children and that certain members of the Church’s hierarchy failed to deal with those abuses properly,” writes Al D’Amato, who served in the Senate from 1981 to 1999. “That failure was based primarily on the mistaken belief that pedophiles can be cured. At the time, that mistaken belief was supported in large measure by the psychiatric community. It has since been rejected.”
“Over the last few months, several cases have cropped up that took place decades ago and long before the Church’s all-out effort to acknowledge, make amends for and rectify its past failures,” he continued. “Some have seized upon those cases to attack the Church anew and with frightening vigor. Those attacks are unwarranted and unfair.”
“To simply reject out of hand the church’s extensive and intense program to heal and correct suggests the possibility of an anti-Catholic agenda more concerned with Catholic teachings than with child abuse,” he concluded. (Source)
The Church’s greatest fault was not administrative; it was listening to liberal head doctors and abandoning its tradition on the heinousness of sexual abuse.
But no one is attacking these professional psychiatric associations for giving bishops the advice, are they? Why not?