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.