My Response: Kudos to Kathy Kane and all the members of the Mom Squad for calling out the bishops on their tepid approach to hold themselves accountable. Unless and until a lay board monitoring system is mandatory, the hierarchy will continue along this tragic path of protecting clergy who abuse children. I was interviewed by CNN in Dallas in 2002 when the bishops met and dealt with the abuse scandal. At that time I called for the resignation of any bishops who had failed to protect children. The reaction of the host was shock, ( you would think I called for the destruction of the Roman Catholic Church) but, later polls of Catholics agreed. I believed then and I believe now, this is what should happen.
Here we are 17 years later and too little has changed. Finally, Catholics, like the Mom Squad, are leading the way forward to real reforms.
Janice Sevre Duszynska ARCWP, a woman priest , prayed with a group of women outside the Bishops' Meeting in Baltimore. We stand in solidarity with you to address the abuse crisis.
I pray for survivors, their families and their abusers. I applaud the courage of you, Kathy Kane and all the Moms who will go anywhere to make their voices heard for the sake of their children and all survivors.
Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP, https://arcwp.org, firstname.lastname@example.org