Two More Philadelphia Priests Suspended

Cardinal Justin Rigali has suspended two additional priests because of sexual abuse allegations. Citing Archdiocesan policy, the names of the two priests were not released by spokesperson Donna Farrell. The non-disclosure has set off a firestorm of criticism. Farrell noted that neither priest has been active for the past six years and are retired. However, critics of the Archdiocese have a valid point when they note that keeping the names confidential does very little to protect children from these men.
The point of naming names is to protect children. If the Archdiocese refuses to name the priests who’ve allegedly abused children, what’s the good in that? The lack of disclosure clearly demonstrates a lack of understanding and appreciation for the importance and urgency of child protection. The public has a right to know the names of those accused.