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Aug. 25th, 2011 at 10:45 am
Whatcha think of this: “Hearing set for Mormon bishop accused of not reporting child sex abuse” —it’s a headline in the Tribune (and it was in my local paper as well). Here’s the link (realizing I’m link-challenged) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/52448399-78/moon-church-abuse-report.html.csp.
It seems like there was one other case awhile back, but I can’t remember specifics. I’m glad they’re prosecuting here. I feel some compassion for the bishop because his ignorance is a result of conditioning and tradition, but the church has got to make improvements in the way it handles these types of situations.
As many of you know, I’ve had some tough situations regarding those that I knew were sex abusers. In each situation, the bishop refused to act, despite the fact that in two of them, the perpetrators were convicted in a court of law. In the other, the bishop chose to believe the perpetrator without any real investigation.
I realize that bishops are caught in a catch-22 situation. They’re lay leaders, with no real training, and the handbook is ambiguous. Our church is a patriarchy (and rightly so, in my opinion), but that leads to abuses and (again, in my opinion) an attraction for misogynists.
I would like to see a definitive public statement on this issue. But I’m probably in dreamland because I’d like to see a definitive public statement about the ban on the priesthood as well. But that’s a post for another day.