Some Disappointed About Dallas Conference

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Wichita---Healing yet disappointing, that is how Janet and Horace Patterson describe their feelings, after returning from the Catholic Bishops conference in Dallas.

The Patterson's son Eric committed suicide in 1999, after being a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of a Kansas priest. Father Robert Larson was convicted of child molestation.

The Patterson's believe if convicted pedophile Larson would have never been put in their parish, their son Eric would have been alive today. They say, "the Bishops knew Larson was a pedophile before he came to us and knew before he went to Newton the first and second times."

This is reason they took their son's story to the Bishops conference in Dallas. The Patterson's were disappointed with the outcome of the conference and they say the church has a long way to go in holding the priests accountable.

Some of the highlights of the Bishops' sexual abuse policy are as follows:

  • It bars priest who commit sexual abuse from parish work and all public ministry.
  • Allows bishops, acting on the advice of an advisory board comprised manly of lay people, to decide whether to oust abusive clergy from priesthood.
  • Bishops should no longer make confidentiality agreements in settlements of civil lawsuits over sex abuse unless the victim insists.
  • Bishops must report all allegations of abuse of minors to civil authorities.

The Patterson's have created a website for victims abuse and their families. The Web site lists resources like books, movies and support groups for victims of sexual abuse.

If you would like to check out the Patterson's Web site click on featured links.


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