Investigation in Dallas

Investigation in Dallas

I have received a copy of a news release from the Dallas County District Attorney’s office. They are opening an investigation of the Diocese of Dallas “to determine whether the diocese has received any allegations of abuse by members of clergy that have not subsequently been reported to law enforcement.”

This is obviously connected to the resignation yesterday of Fr. Richard and the Dallas Morning News story this morning about allegations made about him in the 90s that were never reported to the police, even after the diocese claimed that all allegations in clergy personnel files had been made public. Combine this with the revelations last week in Cincinnati and the impending explosion in Los Angeles, and you begin to realize that all this happy-talk from the bishops conference about audit compliance and backpatting over “safe environment” programs is nothing more than a veneer over the reality that still exists in locked file cabinets in chancery basements. This is far from over.