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Report Commissioned by Catholic Church on Sexual Abuse Released

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Monsignor James Murphy of the Sacramento Diocese says the church has already changed.

MURPHY: The numbers of people who are having background checks on them, including all of us priests. I'm ordained 43 years.  I had to go through this background check..I had to be specially trained.  It goes in the thousands and that's just in our diocese..  All the children also are all trained and given orientation.   A Catholic school is now the safest place in the country for a child.

But, David Clohessy is the National Director of SNAP… Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.  He says the report does not address the cover up issue.
CLOHESSY: Sadly, pedophiles have always gravitated to positions where they have power over kids.  So, the real question is not screening them out or training them out.   The real question is ousting them the minute you see or suspect or know of child sex crimes and that's where the church leadership continues to fall short.
Clohessy has been in Sacramento before to support those who have filed lawsuits against the church claiming abuse.  The report looked at the abuse allegations of more than 10 thousand people going back to the 1950's.
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