JG is perhaps unaware just how accurately he is portraying the Church's dilemma with his reference that this statement could be copied many times over in describing the events and impact of being a childhood victim of a sexual assault. Indeed there is a great pool of such public documents available should anyone decide to seek financial gain by commencing such a legal action against a deceased cleric - who clearly could not mount any sort of a defense. By simply changing some names and a few details, a person can weave together a convincing fabrication designed to reap an ill gotten gain. And there is almost no one who could prove that they are lying unless they slip up in their story, thus requiring the Church to use legal counsel and adversarial tactics to protect its resources.
JG says that no one would bring such an allegation into the public square decades after the fact. Yet is such an assumption valid? I think not. I would ask him (if Sylvia permitted me to post on her site - something she denies people who do not support her agenda) if he believed that people commit fraud for financial gain - especially if they see the deck stacked in their favor? Why would a such a presumption of culpability and an inability to mount a defense not be abused by such criminals for financial profit?
Unfortunately there are 100's of thousands who have been convicted of just such fraudulent acts world wide, and over the past century or so. (These are the parameters of the pool set for counting criminal clerics... It's only fair to use the same size net for lay criminals as well.) It is absolutely evident that there are many who would take advantage of this situation.
So, JG, since you are free to post comments here, what do you say? What sustains your assumption of innocence and right intent for people who make allegations against dead clerics other than a prejudiced bias against the Church that blinds you from seeing the truth of your words? Jesus said it best when he cautioned us to 'remove the plank from our own eye before trying to take the splinter out of your neighbors'. Sites like Sylvia's are virtual lumber yards of hypocrisy these days!