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Point 1: Fr. Bryan Hehir’s biography states that in 1984 he was named a MacArthur Fellow. The MacArthur Foundation award is often referred to as a “Genius” award, as you can see in Wikipedia, this Bryan Hehir biography ,and this Boston Globe article about Fr. Hehir.
Point 2: On January 29, 2004, Fr. Hehir spoke at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, and blogger Rebecca Nappi reported on his talk. Catholic blogger, Diogenes, at CatholicCulture picked-up the report a few days later. Rebecca wrote, “He covered a range of topics, but I was most fascinated with his take on the priest sex abuse scandal…
About the abuse scandal, Hehir believes that “all that is to be known is already known.”
He believes the media has moved on and “I don’t think the New York Times will run 35 stories on it in 2004.”
Point 3: On December 30, 2004, Diogenes wrote a retrospective look at the worst prophesies from the beginning of 2004, and cited Fr. Hehir’s comment from January 2004:
A Boolean search at the New York Times‘s website for catholic+priest+sexual abuse produces 229 hits for the past 30 days. Not all of these stories directly treat the abuse scandal, but roughly a third do. I think it’s fair to say that the media have not “moved on.” Aside from the upcoming diocesan bankruptcies, Cardinals Egan and Mahony are presently in the early stages of new legal woes. Anybody care to bet the Times will run fewer than 35 stories on the Crisis in 2005? How about 2025?
Point 4: August 13, 2008. Cardinal George lifts the veil on abuses
Point 5: June 06, 2007. Archdiocese of Portland releases secret documents on priest sexual abuse
Point 6: January 29, 2009. Cardinal Mahony Under Investigation for Clergy Sex Scandal Cover-Up
Point 7: March 4, 2010. More abuse allegations against Maciel surface
Point 8: March 19, 2010. Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal goes global
Allegations of church-based sex abuse are increasing across Europe, including in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland. New abuse allegations have surfaced in Brazil, home of the world’s largest Catholic population. Ireland continues to wrestle with the fallout from years of revelations about abusive priests. It wasn’t until this week that Ireland’s top Catholic cardinal acknowledged the church’s response to the abuse had been “hopelessly inadequate.”
Point 9: March 26, 2010. “Wisconsin priest accused of molesting 200 deaf boys
Point 10: See Point 2.