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Catholic Church / Priest / Child Abuse Trial / Dreher Interview #655941

CNN Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 15, 2002
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) The case of the Roman Catholic Church, the pedophile priest and the trial of defrocked priest John Geoghan for molesting young boys in parishes in the Boston area introduced.

(Boston: Bill Delaney) Geoghan's sexual abuse trial in Boston previewed; details given about 30 years of child abuse by "Father Jack." [Sexual molestation victim Joseph DULONG - says Geoghan gave him a statue in a closed bedroom; adds that Geoghan was never disciplined for his actions.] [Last week, archdiocese Cardinal Bernard LAW - comments on assigning Geoghan.]

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Live interview held with National Review writer Rod Dreher about the church's handling of child molestation cases. [From New York, DREHER - says the church hierarchy will not take responsibility for abusive priests and covers up the incidents; states the "old boys network" protects the church at the expense of victims of pedophiles; comments on the documents about Geoghan's actions that will soon be released; talks about the impact of pedophilia cases on people's view of the Catholic Church; cites examples of the Vatican covering up injustices in the church around the world; agrees that Cardinal Law has to go because of his behavior.]

Brown, Aaron;
Delaney, Bill

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