I find these files to be brutal and painful reading. The behavior described in these files is terribly sad and evil. There is no excuse, no explaining away what happened to these children. The priests involved had the duty to be their spiritual fathers and they failed.
— Archbishop of Los Angeles
No matter how many times we hear that this isn’t a New Zealand problem (yet?), the unassailable fact is that Catholic Priests all over the world are systematically called to answer for their despicable deeds.
After years of legal battles, The Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles has grudgingly released files on priests accused of sexually abusing children. An announcement from the church about the document dump is here (PDF). You can browse the files yourself at clergyfiles.la-archdiocese.org.
Grudgingly released. The Catholic Church is still not cooperating to get to the bottom of this problem and root out the clergy responsible?
Why would a church that preaches all that is good protect its most vile sexual offenders?
Reuters: “The 12,000 pages of files were made public more than a week after church records relating to 14 priests were unsealed as part of a separate civil suit, showing that church officials plotted to conceal the molestation from law enforcement as late as 1987.”
Scanned documents from church files on each of the priests known to have molested children are here, listed in alpha order of the each priest’s name. Major trigger warning. They include explicit accounts of abuse testimony, and in some cases, letters of denial from officials within the church.
Lies. Lettters of denial are lies.
Matt Popke left the Catholic church:
Someone, at some time was more interested in protecting their reputation than they were in protecting or leading the people who trusted them. Anyone who thinks the same organization won’t behave in exactly the same way again if forced to choose is denying the evidence of history, both recent and ancient.
I’m so glad I came to my senses and abandoned this “faith” before having kids of my own. I’m equally glad to have gotten through my childhood without becoming a victim myself (so glad my parents didn’t want me to be an altar boy. My childhood parish had one of these pedo priests, we later discovered). If I were one of the abused or one of their parents, I’d be howling for blood.
It saddens me that so many Catholics have chosen to rationalize the actions of their church (my parents included) rather than demand change. They’ve convinced themselves that the half-measures and token gestures of the last decade are meaningful acts of contrition and self-awareness, when really the church is doing as little as they can possibly get away with in the hope it all blows over some day.
I weep for my species.
It will come to New Zealand too. Mark my words.
And there should be repercussions not just for the filthy pedos, but also for each and every one of them that was part of covering all this up.
via Boing Boing