still protecting the predators
By Diogenes (articles ) | November 19, 2005 11:54 AM
A St. Louis priest stands convicted-- note that: not accused but convicted in a court of law-- of "abominable and detestable crimes against nature." He's sentenced to 20 years in prison for molesting a child. He's going to jail.
The archdiocese, which ignored the victim's initial complaints, and still hasn't offered him financial support to help put his life back together, posts a $500,000 bond so that the convicted pervert can walk out of the courtroom free on bail pending his appeal.
(Tip to our old friend Dom for the lead.)
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Posted by: benedictusoblatus -
Nov. 21, 2005 11:18 AM ET USA
Sad to say, the victim should march down to the courthouse and file a lawsuit. Perhaps he could settle out of court for possession of the Old Cathedral and its rectory. Perhaps he could then give the grounds to a group of monks dedicated to a life of penance and prayer in reparation for the sins of their queer colleagues?
Posted by: snowbird -
Nov. 20, 2005 4:50 AM ET USA
A time for the Archbishop of St Louis to come forward and speak to his people - - lead his people out of their anger and hurt - - and to help the victims!
Posted by: -
Nov. 19, 2005 2:00 PM ET USA
It has never been a surprise that there are men who practice evil, who are weak, who fall short. That has not been the scandal for me. The scandal is the cover up - pure and simple. I do not think that the bishops have learned that lesson yet. It does not compromise the faith or the church to be honest and open about our human failings. It's always the cover up that gets you not the actual crime. Richard Nixon's ghost told me so.
Posted by: -
Nov. 19, 2005 12:46 PM ET USA
The outrage continues.Priority number one with the homosexual sector of the priesthood:protect our own.There are strengths in numbers, not 10% but 3% at best.Yet in the American church the number may be as high as 50%.Please Holy Father, rid us of the shame these narcissitic sexual navel gazers have brought on our Holy Church. Will my children and grandchildren have to live with the shame that there is a much higher % of gays in the priesthood stalking victims than in the general public?