Clerical Sexual Abuse: How the Crisis Changed US Catholic by Jo Renee Formicola

By Jo Renee Formicola

The booklet discusses the altering courting among American Catholic Bishops and civil experts within the usa, as civil authority has eclipsed conventional Catholic ecclesiastical privilege and clerical exemption caused by the hierarchical mismanagement and cover-up of clerical sexual abuse within the usa.

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Could the content of these files become public knowledge? Would their moral reputation be compromised? Would it affect the Church’s ability to influence public policy? A well-connected person in the diocese suggested that Monsignor Larroque, the bishop’s aide, set up a meeting with F. ”30 They approached Mouton to see if he was up to the legal task that they were dreading. Mouton could be the Church’s answer. His family had founded the city of Lafayette, Louisiana, and Mouton, himself, was a fifth generation Catholic.

When he sent a letter about his deteriorating condition to each of the US Catholic bishops in the country a few months before his death, his admission was met with mixed feelings. Only seven members of the hierarchy—but hundreds of priests—attended his burial Mass in the nation’s capital. The two Church officials in the center of the Gauthe case, Bishop Gerard Frey and Monsignor Alexandre Larroque were also affected by the case. Frey did not resign, nor was he removed from office, but instead, he was assigned a “coadjutor,” co-leader of the diocese, who was designated to be his successor as bishop.

The public would be told. The Church would lose its protected status. Civil authorities would be under pressure to change their usual protective approach to such cases. Indeed, if Simon were successful, he could then deal with the more senior religious officials later! Stansbury, the prosecutor waiting in the wings, now saw the opening for a criminal indictment as well. With a boy on the stand, he would be able to bring charges of sexual abuse against the priest. Suddenly, the Catholic hierarchy in Louisiana sat up and got very nervous as news of the coming criminal and civil lawsuits began to circulate within legal and religious circles.

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