Hundreds of children were raped and abused in Philadelphia and the monsignor in charge of investigating it instead shuffled priests around putting more children at risk. And of course they continue to stonewall.
It occurs to me that the only accusations and convictions so far have been against priests, with none against bishops, archbishops, or cardinals. It seems hardly credible that higher-up clergy were not abusing children too. So that’s probably what the cover-up is really about, it’s to protect them.
Yes, I think sexual abuse in the Catholic Church is institutionalized, has been so for many decades, and is practiced at the highest levels. That’s why the stonewalling is so fierce.
A newly revealed 1997 letter from the Vatican warned Ireland’s Catholic bishops not to report all suspected child-abuse cases to police — a disclosure that victims groups described as “the smoking gun” needed to show that the Vatican enforced a worldwide culture of cover-up.
The letter definitively shows the Vatican has been consistently lying for many years that they did not engage in a coverup. When you couple this with the continuing Vatican bank scandals about money laundering, the inescapable conclusion is that Vatican essentially is a criminal organization.
This is just another example of the collapse of moral authority of institutions that once were respected. Our banks and legislatures are filled with criminals. So, it appears, are churches.
Sister Mary MacKillop of Australia was canonized by the Vatican. She exposed sexual abuse by priests of minors and in retaliation, the male hierarchy excommunicated her in 1871 and tried to shut down the order she founded. The excommunication was lifted after five months.
While I suppose it’s good the Catholic Church has recognized her, it does show that sexual abuse by priests and cover-ups by the hierarchy go back at least 140 years. The corruption and moral rot in the Catholic Church is pervasive, deep-seated, and has been going on for a very long time indeed.
Leslie Lothstein at the Institute of Living in Hartford CT has treated many sexual predator priests. In a NY Times article, he said:
“I had predicted 15 years ago that this would go up to the pope.”
“It was a surprise for me to see how many psychopaths I met in the priesthood, Glib, callous, could say anything to you and be charming.”
“And I treated half a dozen priests who fathered children, I treated priests who had two children. I treated priests who got women pregnant and got them abortions. I said to one of them, ‘Why didn’t you just use a condom?’ And he said, ‘Because birth control is against the law of the church.’ ”
“I found that [the Church] rarely followed our recommendations, They would put them back into work where they still had access to vulnerable populations.”