A newly-formed group of priests and nuns calling themselves the Catholic Whistleblowers contend that the Roman Catholic Church is still protecting sexual predators, in spite of decades-old zero tolerance policies.
Laurie Goodstein at the New York Times has written a piece announcing the launch of the group, which began to form nine months ago, out of the public eye and without oversight or knowledge of their superiors. According to Goodstein, the steering group consists mostly of priests and nuns who have blown the whistle in the past, plus three canon lawyers who have handled abuse cases for the church. Four of the twelve members are themselves survivors of child sex abuse.
The Catholic Whistleblowers intend to provide support for whistleblowers in the church, as well as for victims of all ages. Most of all, they hope to reduce sexual abuse within the church by instituting better policies, protecting whistleblowers, and prosecuting the guilty parties.
For a fuller explanation of the group, as well as insights from individual members of the steering committee, see the New York Times article.