First Bishop to Report a Personal Sexual Abuse Encounter
A Washington Post article reports that the molester "has been dead for more than a decade" and quoted Thomas Gumbleton as "I've been saying for 10 years that these cases should be handled with pastoral sensitivity..." That's a bit odd because the scandal went public around 2002.
Gumbleton kept his silence until the older priest died. I can guess why he'd keep quiet (controlled by the abuser and/or ashamed for the church), but I can also see how other molested children would have wished for someone to have stopped him sooner.
As the trial for the inmate that killed child molester John Geoghan is in the headlines, here's a well-written non-Boston Globe article from 2002 showing the stunning lack of compassion that the church has demonstrated.
How is it that someone whose life mission is to minister could turn their back on the ones hurting the most? What got in the way of basic empathy?