Reports in the news today that the bishops are thwarting the handling of abuse cases and that the Church is avoiding responsibility. Victims association KLOKK claims to have received 75 claims of this happening. 75 out of thousands. They also say that Church leader eagerly make use of objecting to complaints deemed well-founded by the special commission. Bishops and superiors are said to use the excuse of not being able to find any evidence of specific abuse cases in their archives.
True or not – and it must be noted that in certain cases evidence will be hard to come by – there still seems to be a gap between victims and Church. This is made worse, it must be said, by the seemingly adversarial attitude of associations such as KLOKK. Are they perhaps becoming more like obstacles now that the abuse has been acknowledged and revealed to the world? Maybe more can be gained in direct personal contact between victims, bishops and superiors, meetings that several bishops have already had, since well before the publication of the Deetman report.
Just some idle thoughts. But be that as it may, I think we can all agree that the Church must continue to learn to deal with this crisis and, most importantly, to unwaveringly be there for the victims.