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Patch's Poll: Has the Catholic Church Done Enough to Protect Children in its Parishes?

In response to the recent arrest of a priest on child porn possession charges, a spokesman for the Catholic Church in Connecticut maintains that the Church still has a thorough background check process for priests in place.

The Catholic Church in eastern Connecticut was rocked this week after one of its parish priests, the Rev. Dennis Carey of St. Paul in Chains parish in Waterford, .

Carey has since posted a $150,000 bond and remains at liberty while his case is pending.

There is no evidence, however, that Carey had any inappropriate contact with any children of the parish, which is an assertion made by his attorney and supported by the police and state's attorney's office. He reportedly said he was addicted to child porn over the past two years and that, since his arrest, he will seek help.

Meanwhile, Waterford Patch in which a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Norwich asserts that Roman Catholic Church is still a “model” institution for protecting children.

Since 2001, when sex scandals plagued the church in the U.S. and worldwide, the institution enacted a strict screening process, in which both priests and lay workers are subjected to background checks.

“There is no institution in America that has done more to protect young people than the Catholic church,” said Michael Strammiello, archdiocese spokesman. “No institution has done more, invested more.”

As a result, incidents have gone substantially down, Strammiello said. But, with an institution facing so much backlash from a decade of sex abuse scandals, questions still persist on whether the Church is really a modern example of safety.

Do you agree with Strammiello that the Catholic Church done enough to protect the children in its parishes? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

wyatt July 07, 2012 at 11:50 AM
The short answer is "NO". I wouldn't let my child within a mile of a Catholic priest.
Donia Viola July 08, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Wyatt, your comment is absurd. Pedophiles are abundant in our society, but because this story is directed specifically at a man who happens to be a Catholic priest doesn't mean generally speaking that all priests are misfits. This sort of "news" is naturally unpleasant but what about those who are in the schools doing this same kind of thing (there's been enough reported there, too); do you want to keep your child out of the classroom?
Christine O'Grady July 08, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Donia Viola, I disagree that wyatt's coment is absurd. The culture of the catholic church makes for a perfect breeding ground for pedophiles. It gives them power and access to children. The catholic church is 150 years behind the times and needs to allow married individuals and women become priests. This man Carey was apriest at the church where my children went for ccd.....sobeit that there are creeps everywhere in our society, there need not be a safe place for pedophiles to c onduct there business.
Michele P. Rousseau July 08, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Is is safe to assume, then, pedophiles are never married? Women are never pedophiles either?
Donia Viola July 08, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Christine, children need to be protected and it is necessary to teach them the pitfalls of our so-called civilization so any one in authority, and including their peers whom they tend to trust more so, are aware of the perverse actions others take. One reason the priests in the Roman Catholic Church are purposely noted in the media for such behavior is because they are held to such high standards, thereby putting them in a category all by themselves since having the same expectations for others not of the cloth is extremely rare. Further, the press likes to have a "field day" where religion and politics are concerned.

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