Patch's Poll: Has the Catholic Church Done Enough to Protect Children in its Parishes?

In response to the recent arrest of a priest on child porn possession charges, a spokesman for the Catholic Church in Connecticut maintains that the Church still has a thorough background check process for priests in place.


The Catholic Church in eastern Connecticut was rocked this week after one of its parish priests, the Rev. Dennis Carey of St. Paul in Chains parish in Waterford, .

Carey has since posted a $150,000 bond and remains at liberty while his case is pending.

There is no evidence, however, that Carey had any inappropriate contact with any children of the parish, which is an assertion made by his attorney and supported by the police and state's attorney's office. He reportedly said he was addicted to child porn over the past two years and that, since his arrest, he will seek help.

Meanwhile, Waterford Patch in which a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Norwich asserts that Roman Catholic Church is still a “model” institution for protecting children.

Since 2001, when sex scandals plagued the church in the U.S. and worldwide, the institution enacted a strict screening process, in which both priests and lay workers are subjected to background checks.

“There is no institution in America that has done more to protect young people than the Catholic church,” said Michael Strammiello, archdiocese spokesman. “No institution has done more, invested more.”

As a result, incidents have gone substantially down, Strammiello said. But, with an institution facing so much backlash from a decade of sex abuse scandals, questions still persist on whether the Church is really a modern example of safety.

Do you agree with Strammiello that the Catholic Church done enough to protect the children in its parishes? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

LiveForFreedom July 07, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Church abuse is synonomous with the Catholic Church because of media attention. One of the most accurate ways of getting these statistics is from the Insurance companies. The Insurance Companies that insure the churches against lawsuits include the Church Mutual Insurance Co., Guide One and Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company. Together they insure 165,495 churches. The Insurance Journal reportedon June 18, 2007 that since 1950 there has been 13,000 credible accusations against the church. They reported that one of the largest settlements to the victims to date was $69 million dollars against a former Lutheran minister Gerald Patrick Thomas, Jr. in Texas. Insurance officials say that the number of cases has remained steady over the last two decades. So my answer is that the churches can and should do a better job to lower these statistics.
unknown person July 07, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Polygraph them all. They don't want to there is the front door.
just a mom July 07, 2012 at 11:27 PM
I have to say, why cant polygraphs be used in the controversial cases? Why would a judge give a child over to his perp and the child's lawyer protect the perp and crucify the protective mom? MONEY, all the agencies who benefit for the long haul ahead gain money, payment for this psych eval or that study or this guardian ad litem or that supervised visit, and the AMC makes more income off the child, while NOT protecting that precious child, and alienating that child from his natural, caring, protective parent! No one would ever in a million years suspected Father Carey of this, why not a father who admits smoking pot on the court transcripts and has had much testimony against him about cocaine, misconduct with underage employee in testimony. COME ON PEOPLE , the children in our country are being harmed. WAKE UP!
just a mom July 07, 2012 at 11:38 PM
POLYGRAPH would be a beginning, but we should do it in all areas of employment where children are at risk. How about our police dept?
just a mom July 07, 2012 at 11:42 PM
our court judges, lawyers WOW that would be great! and the GAL's especially!


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