Aug 6, 2019
Institutional failings on display
At the Catholic Church and Boy Scouts of America, headlines from Tuesday alone show the scope of challenges at organizations meant to safely shepherd children to adulthood.
Why it matters: The collective result of such failings is parents who won't trust others with their kids.
- "Ex-cardinal’s letters to victims show signs of grooming" (AP)
- "Boy Scouts failed to stop hundreds of previously unreported sexual predators, a lawsuit alleges" (WashPost)
On the Catholic Church, via the AP:
- Disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick sent postcards and letters from "Uncle Ted" to his victims as part of correspondence with their parents.
- In an interview with AP, one victim said McCarrick’s status with the family created pressure on him to spend time with his abuser.
- “If I didn’t go to see Theodore I was always going to be asked by my brothers and sisters or my dad, ‘Why didn’t you go see him?’”
- Links to the letters, via AP
And on the Boy Scouts, via WashPost:
- "The plaintiff in the case ... is alleging that he was assaulted 'hundreds' of times by a scout leader in Pennsylvania over the course of about four years in the 1970s."
- The lawsuit alleges negligence by the "Boy Scouts, that the organization conspired to keep incidents of sexual assault a secret, and that the organization and other defendants engaged in 'reckless misconduct.'"
- "For decades, the Boy Scouts organization has kept detailed files, known as the ineligible volunteer files, that documented pedophiles known to it."
- "In the past decade, a large tranche of the documents became public through lawsuits and investigative reporting. But those records may be incomplete."