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Mixed reaction after Keating quits abuse panel

The international media is carrying further reaction this morning to the resignation of Frank Keating as chair of the American Bishops inquiry into clerical abuse.

This Los-Angeles Times report carried in The Seattle Times gives the flavour of the differing responses emerging: "Illustrating the divisions that have riven a wounded church, American Roman Catholics yesterday offered starkly differing reactions to former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating's announcement that he would step down from the U.S. sexual-abuse oversight panel after publicly blasting some bishops for their failure to cooperate."

A Keating aide announced late Saturday that he would resign from the church's National Review Board. While critics of the outspoken former federal prosecutor cheered, some victims' advocates said they fear it was a signal that the church is not interested in getting to the bottom of the abuse scandal.

Seattle Times

17 Jun 2003