Secrecy is entwined with addiction, especially the sex addictions. Secrecy enables people to split their lives, to put the virtuous in one compartment and the shadows and indulgences in another. But secrecy is also entwined with the way the Catholic hierarchy works. It will be an extremely difficult extraction for the Vatican and the bishops. The best thing lay people can do is remain vigilant for their own children and watchful of child-adult interactions in the social groups in which they participate. Abusers can sniff out those less diligent about protection and worm their way in. Watch for the warning signs, and don’t let your ideology blind you to the possibilities.
about Todd FlowerdayA Roman Catholic lay person, married (since 1996), with one adopted child (since 2001). I serve in worship and spiritual life in a midwestern university parish.
about John Donaghy
John is a lay missionary since 2007 with a parish in western Honduras. Before that he served in campus ministry and social justice ministry in Iowa. His ministry blog is http://hermanojuancito.blogspot.com
He also blogs reflections on the lectionary and saints/heroes/events of the date at http://walktheway.wordpress.com
He'll be a long-term contributor here analyzing the Latin American bishops' document from their 2007 Aparecida Conference.
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