And one more thing: Just yesterday, Fr. Thomas Brundage, JLC, who was Judicial Vicar for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and who presided over the case of Fr. Murphy, has now spoken out to clear things up with the facts of this case that have been completely distorted by the New York Times. Smear campaigns do nothing to bring justice to abuse victims:
The fact that I presided over this trial and have never once been contacted by any news organization for comment speaks for itself.And there is still much work to do.
My intent in the following paragraphs is to accomplish the following:
-To tell the back-story of what actually happened in the Father Murphy case on the local level;
-To outline the sloppy and inaccurate reporting on the Father Murphy case by the New York Times and other media outlets;
-To assert that Pope Benedict XVI has done more than any other pope or bishop in history to rid the Catholic Church of the scourge of child sexual abuse and provide for those who have been injured;
-To set the record straight with regards to the efforts made by the church to heal the wounds caused by clergy sexual misconduct. The Catholic Church is probably the safest place for children at this point in history.