Media Unfair to Priests, Says Bishop Gregory

SEATTLE, Washington, SEPT. 8, 2003 ( Oversaturated coverage of the Church’s sexual abuse scandal has falsely painted all priests as child abusers, says the president of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ conference.

While much of the reporting on the Church’s problems has led to positive reforms, many of the stories have also created a false impression, Bishop Wilton Gregory told a journalism convention Friday, according to the Tacoma News Tribune.

The reporting, he said, made it appear that ridding the world of priest abusers would eliminate all sex abuse involving minors. Instead, he said, reporters should investigate such abuse in all facets of society, including at home.