I expect nothing less from Breton. However, the truth would have been preferable.
Breton claims that despite Bishop Soto covering up in 2005 for a priest who was convicted on 26 counts of molesting altar boys, and admitting he was naïve and stupid to cover, it’s really the fault of parishioners who idolize their priests, and that is how “sex abuse happens in the church.”
Breton glosses over the magnitude of the 2005 Orange County Diocese scandal. Bishop Jaime Soto was the auxiliary bishop under Bishop Tod Brown for the diocese of Orange when a $100 million settlement was authorized and paid to 90 accusers of sexual abuse in 2005. That abuse spanned the years between 1936 and 1996 and involved 31 priests, 10 lay personnel, two nuns and one religious brother, Church Militant reported.
Instead of delving into the horrific details, Breton takes a hard left turn away from the real story line: “But the problem won’t go away as long as bishops, priests and lay people worship the men in the collars over the people they are supposed to minister, over the law, and over the teachings of God that is supposed to guide the church.”