If the Archdiocese of Boston began proceedings to laicize a Catholic priest accused of "inappropriate contact" with an innocent minor, it hard to imagine the Boston Globe burying the story.
It is also hard to imagine the Globe being silent if the Church even refused to release the name of the cleric to the public. Surely the Globe would call on its close friends at SNAP and BishopAccountability to air further "outrage" over the Church's "callous action of harboring a child predator" and to call on the Church to immediately identify the abuses.
But apparently there is an entirely different standard for the Globe when it comes to reporting abuse by teachers at public schools – more specifically, Boston Public Schools.
This past Saturday, the Globe published an article about recent problems surrounding Boston Schools Superintendent Carol Johnson. The piece addressed "recent questions over [Johnson's] leadership." For example, Superintendent Johnson only disciplined a middle school headmaster who was found guilty of assaulting his wife after the facts of the disturbing case became public. In fact, Johnson actually wrote a letter of support for the abuser to the judge in the case.
Most notably, however, the Globe reported some recent sobering episodes:
At the Kilmer K-8 School, Johnson began proceedings on Friday to fire a teacher who stands accused of inappropriate contact with students …
She said the state Department of Children and Families was notified about the Kilmer School teacher, whose name was not released, in late May or early June. She said the school's principal, Jerome Doherty, made the notification. Police and the School Department are also investigating.
"I can tell you it is not anything of an egregious sexual nature, but it is serious enough to take action," said Matthew Wilder, a School Department spokesman. [Ed. note: Uh-huh.]
The School Department has also removed Doherty from his job and is in the process of finding a new position for him. Johnson and Wilder declined to disclose the reason for the reassignment, characterizing it as "protected personnel information." Kilmer parents and teachers could not be reached for comment.
- Boston Schools fired a teacher for "inappropriate contact" with a minor, and they won't release the person's name or the details of the charges.
- Boston Schools moved the principal who allegedly reported the now-fired teacher, but they won't even say why.
Yet the Globe buries these facts in an article, rather than giving this episode the separate story it deserves.
And these are public institutions, funded through our tax dollars, who are involved in the cover-up.
The Globe's double standard here once again confirms the position that the paper's coverage of sex abuse scandals is not really about the abuse of children. Instead, its never-ending coverage of decades-old sex abuse scandals in the Catholic Church – while minimizing the scandals happening today in public schools – is simply a cudgel with which to bludgeon the Church because it does not conform to the paper's secular, left-wing worldview.