So suggests author Judith Reisman and shelray at CLS because they’ve escaped public blame for misleading bishops into returning predators into the sheepfold.
Given the hardball tactics used against some victims, I suspect if this could have been done, it would have been tried. One or more of these following conditions probably exists:
- Most of the experts never actually recommended predators return to ministry.
- The few experts that did cautioned close monitoring, which might not have been done. We know Cardinal George didn’t get it done in the charter era. A California bishop let a predator leave the country before reporting.
- Few bishops even bothered to consult with psychologists.
What we are seeing is another round of victimhood grasping for litigation. One of our own, Thomas Doyle, made a convincing case at the USCCB in 1988. That should’ve been enough to set off warning bells.