Only one newspaper, the Boston Globe, had the persistence and courage to tackle this story...
Wall Street Journal
...this sordid story has had to be dragged from the...archdiocese, mostly by the...investigative reporting of the Boston Globe.
New York Times
...a classic example of what serious, long-form investigative reporting and dedicated community service by the press can accomplish...
The investigative staff of The Boston Globe has done the Catholic
Church an enormous favor. It has forced reform on a reluctant Catholic
hierarchy. It has revealed to the Catholic laity the ignorance,
arrogance, stupidity, and insensitivity of the hierarchy. It has bared
a pattern of sinfulness that has been a cancer eating at the church and
has forced the bishops to excise it. If it had not been for the Globe's
investigation, the bishops would never have enacted the ''Charter for
the Protection of Children and Young People'' at their Dallas
conference in June. Much less would they have appointed a lay
supervisory board to assure compliance in the respective dioceses...God
bless the Globe, says I.
A riveting, tragic read.
The Boston Globe investigative team, led by Deputy Managing Editor Ben
Bradlee Jr. (son of the Watergate-era Washington Post editor), have recast
the Globe's findings into compelling, fresh, flowing narrative...The
victims' stories of the permanent, and often lifelong, damaging effects
that sexual abuse inflicted on them is wrenching but never lurid reading.
It might be required reading for concerned Catholics in discussion groups
at parishes where a priest has been removed for these criminal acts.
Parishioners' self-pity might vaporize. This book belongs on the bookshelf
of those seriously concerned about the governance of clerical sexual