Benedict’s I-Team

Pope Benedict names a predictable slate of prelates from high-profile dioceses to the investigation team for Ireland. I suppose if you have to go toe to toe with a cardinal on his questionable behavior, the Bishop of Juneau lacks the heft. Still, a traditional solution isn’t drawing universal acclaim in lay circles:

Terrence McKiernan, founder and president of, which tracks church records on abuse cases, said an apostolic visitation was by its nature a secretive approach that recapitulated the fundamental problem underlying the sex abuse crisis. “To employ a secretive process to solve a problem caused by secrecy,” he said, “seems to us problematic.”

While some are noting and nodding at the high-profile bishops on the I-Team, I’m sure two or three Irish hierarchs are relieved they won’t have to face down either a lay psychologist or a parent.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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1 Response to Benedict’s I-Team

  1. Jimmy Mac says:

    I guess the lists that I have read have simply overlooked the names of the WOMEN that are on the task force.

    What, there are NO WOMEN? Must be an oversight.

    Who’s going to make the coffee and do the admin tasks?

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