AnonymousDecember 1, 2014 at 9:39 PM reminds us of the case of the late Cardinal Archbishop of Chicago, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, who, in 1994 was accused of sexual molestation by a former seminarian. At the time Bernardin was the highest ranking prelate in the United States to be accused of such a crime.
The case is instructive for us who are now witnessing the same kind of situation locally.
Bernardin declared the accusation to be false and then reached out to the accuser and his family. Bernardin and the accuser eventually reconciled and the accuser recanted his charge blaming a faulty memory. And the whole church was better for it.
With Archbishop Apuron we see him neither declaring the charges to be false or reaching out to the accuser. Instead we see him asking others to believe the charges are false and suing the accuser (though he hasn't specifically named him yet). And the whole church is the worse for it.
What a loss for us all.
Read the Bernardin account here.