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

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 became 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 the 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 has done enough to protect the children in its parishes? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

Beverly Miller July 07, 2012 at 02:19 PM
As a former practicing Catholic, I think the 'church' never protected children. It is the parents' responsibility to protect their children from so called religious or any deviants. In my experience, the Catholic leadership views children as uncivilized heathens who must be taught to serve the church. It is not much of a leap to define 'service' as anything the authority figures (priests) may desire. After all, priests are the human representatives of GOD so their actions should be beyond reproach. HAH!! Sorry, I have lost respect for this institution so I recommend keeping your children and money far away from this church which is controlled by elitist predators. AMEN!

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