10 Years On, Clergy Abuse Scandal Still Reverberates
NEAL CONAN, HOST:
This is TALK OF THE
NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Ten years ago this month, The
Boston Globe published the first in a series of stories about the sexual
abuse of children by Catholic priests and systematic cover-up by the
archdiocese of Boston.
The scandal shocked
millions and proved to be just the beginning. It wasn't just Boston, and
it wasn't just the U.S. Hundreds have now spoken out around the world.
Their stories and their lawsuits forced the church to deal with an issue
it kept under the rug for decades.
to hear from Catholics today, especially from those for whom this story
is personal. After 10 years, what's changed? Our phone number, 800-989-8255. Email us, firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also join the conversation at our website. That's at npr.org. Click on TALK OF THE NATION.
in the program, the false narrative of a debate on climate change, but
first the sex abuse and cover-up scandal 10 years on. Reporter Michael
Rezendes is part of an investigative team that won the Pulitzer Prize
for The Boston Globe and joins us from a studio at that newspaper, and
nice to have you with us today.
MICHAEL REZENDES: Pleasure to be here, Neal.
And when you guys broke this story back in 2002, I wonder, did you
know, or did you suspect that this story was so much bigger than that
big story you already had?
REZENDES: Well no,
we did not. I mean, first of all, not in our wildest dreams did we
suspect that it was as big in Boston as it turned out to be. And I think
all of us have been repeatedly thrown back on our heels as this story
has spread throughout the country and indeed around the world. None of
us foresaw how big this story really is.