hand in glove

By Diogenes (articles ) | Aug 01, 2005

The Toledo Blade runs a lengthy investigative article on the collusion between Church officials, police, and judges in hushing-up child abuse.

As cases of child sex abuse gained greater national attention in the 1970s and 1980s, pressure began mounting on authorities to get tougher on pedophiles. But the diocese was able to rely on a new generation of law enforcement officers to hide the acts of pedophile priests, records and interviews show.

Among those officers who worked with the church was Sergeant Connors, a one-time seminary student who spent decades moonlighting as a private investigator for the diocese.

"I can tell you that there was always somebody they could go to in the police department," the retired detective recalled. "And I can tell you that, at one time, I was that man."

For the cops, perhaps, the collusion operated no differently than the favoritism showed the mayor's erring son. They come to realize zeal for law enforcement against certain protected perps brings no career benefit. But the cops, as cops, are not concerned with the eternal destiny of the victims or the predators. Someone else is meant to be.

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  • Posted by: - Aug. 01, 2005 11:28 PM ET USA

    If "Don't ask and don't tell" doesn't work for the military, how can it work in the clergy? Let's try Plan B! LolekII

  • Posted by: Sir William - Aug. 01, 2005 10:03 AM ET USA

    Having worked with the Boy Scouts, I know that the police were once reluctant to make arrests when boys were molested so that the children would not be traumatized by the trial process (cross examination on the witness stand) Only when the laws changed in favor of young victims (legal taped testimony) did the attitude change among officers. I'm still trying to figure out why molesting a child only gets a slap on the wrist, though. I think life without parole is more fitting the crime.