Let’s Sue the Bishops’ Experts

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.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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3 Responses to Let’s Sue the Bishops’ Experts

  1. Liam says:

    Well, actually, the most likely entities to sue the “experts” were they in a position to be sued would be the…bishops who would have been required to do so under their insurance policies were recovery feasible.

    But I imagine any referral contracts disclaimed liability on the basis that the bishops are the authorities of first recourse in terms of priestly assignments, which is what they are under canon and civil law, after all.

    Ah, the joys of the freedom of contract.

  2. wolftracker says:

    It is much more simple than anyone seems to realize. Person A does not intelligently sue Person B when Person B is in possession of the evidence that incriminates Person A, especially when doctor-patient confidentiality does not permit Person B to release that evidence about Person A to others. Once Person A sues Person B, that evidence (heretofore protected) is pretty much available for public consumption as it enters the courtroom.

    That is why Bishops have not sued psychiatrists, even if they should have otherwise.

  3. Doug Sirman says:

    Another consideration which elicits zero response from the public Catholic discourse is the fact that the vast majority of psychologists & counseling professionals involved in this were/are themselves ordained priests and religious.

    To explore this in any depth is to reveal the absurd conflict of interest inherent in such arrangements and the almost total inability of many of them to differentiate between wishful-thinking and actual faith.

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