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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Church scandals are back


Call it Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki’s baptism of fire.

Last month when he testified in Madison against a bill that would remove the statute of limitations in child sex abuse cases, the new archbishop was grilled by state lawmakers.


Watch this WTMJ-TV video.

Now the Eau Claire police chief says Listecki wasn’t upfront with legislators at last month’s hearing.

A few years ago, scandals rocked the Catholic Church and made for screaming headlines nationwide. The controversy quieted down for awhile but has resurfaced, re-opening decades-long wounds. 


Former FBI executive and former executive director of the U.S. bishop’s Office of Child and Youth Protection, Kathleen McChesney writes a timely piece in the current issue of St. Anthony Messenger magazine, “Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church: Where Are We Now?”

For McChesney, the answer is quite simple:

“I am certain that the crisis of sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy is far from over.”

McChesney concedes, “In the United States the number of allegations of sexual abuse committed by priests and deacons that have taken place during the past five years is quite small and appears to be diminishing.”

But….

“It is very likely that there are young people who remain unsure or afraid of accusing a respected member of the clergy of sexual assault. Moreover, hundreds of adults continue to come forward each year, describing their abuse as children or teenagers in years past…”

The author laments that there is no single, definitive child protection approach offered or taken by the Holy See.

“Being ashamed and sorrowful is obviously not sufficient remorse for every person whose life has been torn asunder by the violent act of a priest or a deacon,” McChesney contends. “Clearly, there is much more that can be done to become a better, safer Church.”

McChesney concludes with eight recommendations on how to address this ongoing problem. You can read McChesney’s article here.

As a devout Roman Catholic, clergy sex abuse angers and disgusts me. However, we shouldn't lose perspective that the overwhelming majority of priests and deacons are honest, good, decent human beings and perform wondrous deeds for the Church and their communities.

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