Former SC justice: Church made right move to release info on abusive priests
Lacey Crisp with Jay Sorgi
MILWAUKEE - A former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice says the Catholic Church has done the right thing by releasing information on priests who committed sexual abuse.
"I think it's going to take a long time of reaching out to victims who want a relationship with the church, and parishoners to work at it," said Justice Janine Geske, who has worked with the Milwaukee Archdiocese on healing projects.
She adds more still needs to be done to heal the church and its members.
"It's going to take time, but I think the church is going to be stronger in the long run as it learns ways to protect children and make sure these scandals do not happen."
Catholics who were not personally affected by the scandal say transparency is the key, and they can now move foward.
"I believe that it is enough for them to put it behind them and move on and hope it doesn't happen again," said Casey Prescott.
"I think it helps the church move on, it gets rid of the questions. I think people knew it was there. Maybe this is a step releasing them," said John Musech.
It may be a long road for the church. Geske contends some wounds may never heal.
"The church is going to have to work very hard at it to find ways to rebuild trust in its members."