The news media derives a warped satisfaction out of bashing the Catholic Church. And now WI Attorney General Josh Kaul is hand feeding them new ammunition.
Last week Kaul announced he is launching an investigation of sexual abuse in Wisconsin’s five Catholic dioceses, and at least three religious orders.
In a letter addressed to the Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, La Crosse and Superior dioceses Kaul warned them that the state Department of Justice will be conducting a review, and summoned their representatives to an online meeting Monday, April 26.
“I am writing to inform you that the Wisconsin Department of Justice will be conducting a review of sexual abuse involving members of the clergy and other faith leaders in Wisconsin,” said the Democrat Kaul in his letter. “I agree with many survivors of clergy abuse, and those who support and have advocated for them, that a review from our office is necessary to provide accountability and ultimately, healing. I hope you will welcome that review. Please immediately take all steps necessary to preserve any documents or information that may be relevant to the review.”
Today the Milwaukee Archdiocese issued a statement in response that reads in part:
Although we will take a look at the specific details of the Attorney General’s request when it is received, we have concerns about the negative impact this could have on abuse survivors, because the publicity has the potential to re-victimize individuals.
We also do not understand the legal basis for the inquiry. We also question why only the Catholic Church is being singled out for this type of review when sexual abuse is a societal issue.
Over the past 20 years, no institution in the United States has done more to combat the evil of sexual abuse of a minor than the Catholic Church.
The Catholic League, a national organization, has also weighed in, sending Kaul an open letter by League President Bill Donohue:
I don’t know how much you know about this issue, but you should know that almost all the molesting priests (who comprised a very small portion of the clergy) are either dead or no longer in ministry.
Sounds like Kaul’s unwarranted witch hunt is persecution.