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"Psychological exam. And then for seven years, every month met with a priest, one on one who wrote a report about me, the report was sent to the rector of the seminary to my Bishop who would then come to the seminary and meet with me and talk about it. I was voted on by the seminary faculty voted on by my seminary classmates. And in fact, with the diocese reviewed, my whole case was reviewed by a lay formation board. A lay formation board, which is not the case in the past. My understanding is that in some places you could call the Bishop or the vocation director inside like to be a priest and they'd say, great, nice to meet you go to the seminary at this time, and that was that anybody was getting into the priesthood, which is not the case now. And as I said, I can't speak to what it's like on a national level, but I can't speak to this that people know their priests today, and people have to make that judgment for themselves that I can't promise you at one priest will do one thing, but I can promise. And I know that there are several individual priests in my diocese that I've spoken to who have promised that this is what they're about, and I wish I could speak for everybody, but clearly as we see from this. Scandal, I can't make a mass judgment because all the data shows that the vast vast, vast majority of Catholic priests in this country remains celebrate, remained faithful to their vocations, remained good stewards of the Lord's vineyard. Now, I will grant you father Ryan that a number of at least from our listeners, a number of our listeners have said that they have very healthy, very fulfilling relationships with the Catholic church, including Michelle, Michelle, emailed. I was raised Catholic and continued to practice and have sent my kids to Catholic schools. If we had any of the experiences of abuse or seen a cover up, I would leave in a heartbeat. However, our experience has been extremely positive, leaving the church would mean leaving our whole perish community. Our friends are teachers pretty much our whole social circles. These are really good people who do really good work. Before I move onto the rest of the panel father, Ryan, suppose that you saw a priest in your diocese who you knew was doing something on toward who you were certain was abuse. Using children was molesting children was preying on them. How would you handle that? Nine one one. What's your -mergency you would call the police? I would go to the Bishop right away to the vicar for priests, and I would say to them that this if I knew absolutely for sure, I would say, yeah, you're going to handle this on the clues. You'll level, but I'm going to get the ball rolling, which is what the church in courage you to do that. If you have an allegation of abuse, you go to the police first and then you go to the church. I want you to repeat that. You go to the police before you go to your superior in the church? Yeah. Read almost every statement from the bishops that's come out since the grand jury report that says, our policy in this diocese is that if you have an allegation of abuse against a priest contact, local authorities, law enforcement, and then call the diocese victim assistance coordinator in your local diocese to get an investigation going in the church with the lay review board while law enforcement is also doing its own thing kind of in a parallel way.."