Local Catholics React To New Abuse Allegations Abroad
The pope is now being accused of helping cover up sex abuse in Germany....in Florida local Catholics are struggling to shed that image.When the sex abuse scandal really hit early last decade the Church in the US set up a host of new protections. Kathleen Bag with the St. Augustine Dioceses said they finger print people, run back ground checks and have training courses about abuse. "We even have independent auditors come in and make sure we are following all of the provision," Bag said. The program called "protecting God's children" also sets up tough standards for priest and lay employees of the Dioceses. They also push a report hotline and keep open records with the government about reported abuse. But every time another allegation pops up it deals them a setback. "I think people always wonder, 'what is the Catholic Church doing about it?'" Bag explained. The mountain of reports, some of which seem to point toward the Pope, makes pushing that message a challenge. She said they always need to be alert for abuse, but argues that they have made huge strides in preventing abuse and punishing abusers.