The Grand Jury Report in Pennsylvania is absolutely devastating to the moral conscience.  Almost all these horrendous cases in the Report took place more than 30 years ago.  The Church in the US began addressing this  moral crisis in the 1990’s and implemented the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People in 2002.  The Charter has been effective.  However, the Grand Jury Report gives rise to serious concerns about the accountability of Church leaders and the matter of vigilance by those who knew.  But it also  gives rise to questions about due process rights of those who claim they are falsely accused.   It can be difficult to get to the truth.  Not only the Church, but all segments and organizations in society need to be held to the same standards of public accountability.

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