Is the Times finally moving beyond its single-minded obsession with decades-old cases involving the Catholic Church? Kudos to the paper's Ray Rivera and Sharon Otterman for breaking the mold in their bold coverage, which may prevent many innocent children from being harmed in the future.
How far will the Times go?
The Times' coverage is encouraging, because the more light that is shined on the paramount issue of child abuse, then the more likely that children will be protected.
However, will the Times expand its investigative forces into looking into the massive abuses and cover-ups happening today in one of its most beloved secular institutions, the public school system? Just in February of this year, six teachers were arrested on sickening child abuse charges – just in New York City alone! In 2011, there were 561 complaints of "sexually questionable conduct" by New York City teachers. Surely this is an important story worth exploring.
Will the Times' Maureen Dowd evolve past her apparent belief that the gruesome crime of child abuse has not just been an episode exclusive to the Catholic Church in decades past? (Well, maybe that's wishful thinking …)