The rumpus over Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley’s shoddy mail handling features a new chapter today, and the coverage in the Boston dailies finds them in the same church, very different pews.
Start with story placement. The Boston Herald goes dead-center front page.
The Boston Globe goes Metro Page One below the fold (and totally buries the story on BostonGlobe.com).
Inside, the Herald gives the story two full pages.
The Globe gives it an 11-paragraph jump. And no critics of O’Malley show up until the seventh of them.
[The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors] members are “trying to make the church the very safest place possible,” O’Malley said.
Mitchell Garabedian, a Boston lawyer who has represented many clergy sex abuse victims, was unmoved by O’Malley’s remarks.
“The Catholic Church, with its miserable history of covering up clergy sexual abuse, fails to admit that clergy sexual abuse must be investigated before it can be properly prevented,” Garabedian said Monday in a statement. “The Catholic Church’s failure to investigate clergy sexual abuse is just meant to continue the wholesale cover up of the abuse.”
Was unmoved? In Mary Markos’s Herald piece, Garabedian fairly blowtorches Church leaders.
“It is not credible, not reasonable to believe the leaders of the Catholic Church — the very entity which participated in sexual abuse and its cover-up — is now going to prevent sexual abuse and cover-up in the future,” Garabedian said. “Not only that, they don’t know how to prevent sexual abuse, they’ve shown through their actions that they really don’t care about preventing sexual abuse.”
Just an average day in a two-daily town.