Hogan doesn't like the fact that Catholic bishops have voiced in their opposition to the government's recent attempts to stomp on the Church's right to operate freely. Apparently, Hogan thinks that the Church should just stay silent as the government forces it to violate its principles and provide contraceptives and abortifacients in healthcare coverage.
In Hogan's world, the Catholic Church has little standing in defending itself. Why? Because many years ago bishops tragically mishandled abuse claims – as did every other institution that dealt with youth. Yes, that's her stunted logic.
Attacking the bishops
But Hogan doesn't let it end there. She smears American bishops by claiming that in 2002 they were "more concerned with protecting predatory priests and themselves than doing right by the victims."
If that were so, then why did the bishops approve the Dallas Charter and initiate protective measures that are unprecedented and unmatched by any organization anywhere? Hogan would be hard pressed to name another organization with so stringent child protection policies – because there is none. The best that Hogan can muster is that the Charter was "commendable."
Hogan also unleashes this whopper:
"[A]lthough bishops have repeatedly offered public assurances and data to demonstrate their efforts at dealing with abusers among the clergy, the statistics are unreliable because they include only the information the bishops were willing to provide. Not everyone cooperated."
Hogan provides no real evidence in support of her wild broadside that the bishops' annual data is "unreliable." Even the anti-Catholic leaders at SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) and Bishop-Accountability.org have been unable to refute the numbers that the bishops have provided.
As far as her statement that "not everyone cooperated" with audits, this is misleading. Almost all bishops have complied with the Dallas Charter with the exception of some tiny dioceses and some small Eastern Rite eparchies. The number of those not complying with the Charter is minuscule.
Turning a blind eye
Meanwhile, as we have repeatedly noted, rampant abuse and cover-ups continue today elsewhere – especially in public schools. Innocent students are being molested, raped, and sexually attacked in public schools, and administrators are covering it up. Yet this does not seem to upset Hogan in the least bit. (A review of her recent columns reveals that she has not dedicated a single article to this important issue.)
Because for Hogan the issue is not really about the abuse of kids; it's about attacking the Catholic Church.