NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 17, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(Phoenix: George Lewis) The arrest in Arizona of Phoenix Bishop Thomas O’Brien in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident featured; photo shown of victim Jim Reed; details given about previous charges against O’Brien of covering up sex abuse by priests; scenes shown of O’Brien in custody. [Maricopa County attorney Rick ROMLEY- says O’Brien will not be treated differently.] [Priest sex abuse victim Sharon ROY, parishioner Mark KENNEDY- comment on the Church’s pattern of behavior & attitude.] [On June 2, O’BRIEN – says he serves as bishop at the pleasure of the pope and not the county attorney.]
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Former Church investigative panel chairman Frank Keating’s criticism of bishops in America mentioned.
(Washington: Anne Thompson) A look at the state of the Catholic Church since the sex abuse scandal erupted a year ago presented. [Boston priest Robert BOWERS- says the laity is white-knuckling their way through their faith.] [US Conference of Catholic Bishops Wilton GREGORY- says the bishops intend to respond accordingly.] [Notre Dame University Father Richard McBRIEN- comments on bishops’ lack of cooperation.] [Voice of the Faithful president Jim POST- comments on the disconnect created by bishops’ words and attorneys’ tactics.]
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