ESPN writer likens Mormon, Catholic churches to Penn State in Jerry Sandusky abuse case

Published: Friday, July 13 2012 6:15 p.m. MDT

Our take: In an article at ESPN, columnist Howard Bryant addresses the Jerry Sandusky case at Penn State, arguing that the university's football program should be terminated indefinitely. But in the final paragraph of the article, he implies (without referencing any sources or details) that the Catholic Church and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have had similar cases of abuse covered up:

Perhaps there was nothing anyone could do to keep Sandusky from striking once, but Spanier, Schultz, Curley and, yes, Paterno had the power to prevent it from happening again. They demonstrated instead that the carrot was more important. They allowed the bait to work.

As with the Catholic Church and the Mormon Church, no parent can send a child into the world without wondering not only if a Sandusky is near their child but also if there are Paternos and Spaniers, Curleys and Schultzes who lack the courage and priority to protect them. The trusted failed, and everyone lost.

Read more about ESPN columnist Howard Bryant comparing Penn State, LDS Church on ESPN.com.

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