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Priest Joked About Abusing 3 Boys In One Week

April 4, 2012

When is it appropriate to beat a Catholic priest within an inch of his life? When he jokes about how hard it is to have sex with three boys in one week… righteous indignation: activate.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jurors in a landmark priest-abuse trial heard Monday about a priest-turned-camp prowler and another who allegedly bragged about having sex with three boys in one week…

In the day’s most startling testimony, a detective read internal church memos about a priest who allegedly “joked about how hard it was to have sex with three boys in one week.” His accuser also stated that the priest had a “rotation process” of boys spending time sleeping with him.

via the AP

One of the great demonstrable evils on planet earth is adults who sexually molest children. Children are, by and large, defenseless against such behaviour, and the responsibility of adults, especially those that are placed in a position of authority and trust, is to be a positive force in the social development of children. Studies on the psychological development of children who have been molested demonstrate the evil of the molestation. It should be denounced everywhere under any situation.

And then there’s the Catholic church…

At least in this case another of the conspirators to hide this evil is going to jail

Monsignor William Lynn is on trial for child endangerment and conspiracy. Lynn, 61, is the first Roman Catholic church official in the U.S. charged for his handling of priest-abuse complaints. Prosecutors say he helped the church bury them in secret files, far from the prying eyes of investigators, civil attorneys and concerned Catholics…

Defense lawyers argue that Lynn tried to address the problem as secretary for clergy from 1992 to 2004, but was blocked by the late Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua and others in the Philadelphia archdiocese.

The testimony Monday also included a 1992 complaint about a different priest who allegedly molested boys at a church-owned camp three decades earlier.

Several junior counselors complained in the early 1960s that the priest was on the prowl at night, molesting them in their tents. They said it was a well-known secret among teen counselors for several years.

I assume–I hope!–anyone who visits this site frequently would agree: any person who sexually abuses a child deserves to be arrested. Period. Any priest or pastor, for any reason, in any position of authority, who has used their influence in any way, to sexually abuse a child should be arrested and put away for a very long time. Period.

But just as guilty are those who sat by–and apparently still do–and created an environment which facilitates child sexual predators, and have said nothing–nothing!–when those who were weaker in their congregations were being preyed upon and sexually molested.

They are just as responsible for these crimes. Sickening. To see a child being abused and not say something, or to send a priest somewhere else so he could do it again. Just utterly depraved.

Protect the children; indict anyone involved in abusing them. Pretty simple.

The article also contains this feel good story:

Few victims or members of the public have been attending the trial in downtown Philadelphia, but retired Philadelphia detective Arthur Baselice III of Mantua, N.J., turned out Monday.

His 28-year-old son, Arthur Jr., died of a drug overdose in 2006, after his civil lawsuit against the church accusing his high school principal of molesting him was thrown out because of legal time limits. The former principal, a Franciscan friar, is in prison for stealing nearly $900,000 from the school and the Franciscans, some of which fed the younger Baselice’s drug addiction, according to prosecutors.

I saw this quote earlier today: “when the last stone from the last steeple cracks open the skull of the last priest, only then will we know peace”.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. 4xi0m permalink
    April 7, 2012 5:54 pm

    There was a time when I’d have considered something like this completely unbelievable. There was a time after that when it would have startled me considerably. Now there’s no vestige of even mild surprise. Ignorance is pretty detrimental to the common good, but there’s something to be said for it at the level of individual mental health.

  2. in2thewest permalink
    May 3, 2012 1:48 pm

    I think the original quote you want is “Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.” (Diderot). But yours works, too.🙂

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