Tom McFeely is the National Catholic Register’s News Editor. He lives in British Columbia.
People who think that sexual abuse by clergy is exclusively a Catholic problem, or that only Catholic bishops have mishandled abuse allegations, or that a married priesthood would solve the abuse problem, should read this article.
It’s a recapitulation published by The Houston Press of an egregious abuse scandal in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, involving a married Episcopalian priest who took advantage of his position as chaplain at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Austin in the late 1950s and 1960s to prey upon male students. (Warning: the article contains some graphic details and crude language about the sexual abuse that occurred.)
Here’s a question: Why has this scandal attracted so much less national attention than similar scandals involving Catholic clergy?