Shaken by Scandal: ‘If This News Means You Have to Go, Then Leave Already’

The Deacon's Bench | 5/20/2019 | Staff
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A roundup of reaction to recent news from Dallas:

Catholics across the area wrestled with sadness, disappointment and outright anger after last week’s raid on the Dallas diocese, which police say hasn’t fully cooperated with a sexual abuse investigation.

News - Becky - Autrey - Member - North

The news was devastating to Becky Autrey, a 30-year member of North Dallas’ St. Rita Catholic Community who was already struggling with her feelings about the church.

“I think this has lost me for good,” she said. “I really don’t have that deep faith anymore.”

Rev - Martin - Moreno - Parishioners - Sunday

But the Rev. Martin Moreno told parishioners Sunday at the packed St. Cecilia Catholic Church that the raids shouldn’t shake their beliefs.

“If this news means you have to go, then leave already,” he said. “Those of us that remain will have true faith.”

Oak - Cliff - Church - Places - Authorities

The Oak Cliff church was one of the places authorities raided Wednesday, but Moreno said he wasn’t worried.

“Everything that I have, I have given police,” he said. “The peace that comes from transparency, nobody can take that from you.”

Police - Diocese - Records - Complaints - Priests

Police say the diocese has hidden records of complaints about priests, including former St. Cecilia pastor...
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