In San Diego I met with Cardinal Schönborn to discuss, among other things, my book Sacrilege: Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church. He said it was painful to read, but that it was important that the truth be told about what had happened. He is a Dominican, and the motto of the Dominicans is Veritas, Truth.

His predecessor as archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Groër, was an abuser, and I discuss the accusations against Groër in my book. I am always nervous about the cases whose primary documentation is in another language. I can read German fairly well, but it is easy to miss nuances. Schönborn assured me that I had understood all the publicly-available facts and presented them accurately.

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