COMING TO CHURCH’S DEFENSE (Long Island’s Bishop Murphy says Catholics have ‘placed our house in order’)
Bishop William Murphy yesterday strongly defended the Catholic Church in a Palm Sunday homily that provoked a rousing round of applause from the faithful. In the face of growing concern over sexual abuse by clergy, he called it a holy church of good and holy priests. Murphy said Catholics already have done the right things. We have already place our house in order, while not directly citing allegations of sexual abuse against minors by some priests and the church's alleged cover-up of the issue.