The Deacon's Bench

“The continuous media coverage of this case is damaging the relationship between the clergy and the laity, and it is tragic. But we must not blame the media for covering the story. There are, as I see it, three motives driving the coverage. The first is truth, and as in all cases of sexual abuse of minors, it is pretty ugly. But we cannot run or hide from the fact that enormous harm was done to children — that is simply the truth. Secondly, there has been big money is this area, for both lawyers and the media. Third and finally, there are people who see the Church weakened and oppose the Church on issues of life and natural law. These people are using the media coverage as a way to destroy the Church’s credibility.”

Fr. Thomas Brundage,
the canon lawyer who oversaw the notorious case of Fr. Lawrence Murphy.

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