Friday, September 18, 2015

Catholic Church Exposed For Sending Pedophile Priests To Safe Havens In South America

GlobalPost has a disturbing investigative report that uncovered scores of Catholic priests who sexually abused children in the United States and elsewhere being reassigned to safe heavens in South American countries where they are now in charge of churches in mostly poorer parishes and can avoid being held accountable for the children they abused. The report gives the impression Pope Francis' supposed reforms is really more about the church continuing its sordid practice of protecting child abusing priests and covering up their crimes.
 . . . Even as Pope Francis has touted reform of the Vatican’s safeguards against child abuse, GlobalPost has found that the Catholic Church has allowed allegedly abusive priests to slip off to parts of the world where they would face less scrutiny from prosecutors and the media.
In a yearlong investigation, we tracked down and confronted five such priests. All were able to continue working for the church despite serious accusations against them. When we found them, all but one continued to lead Mass, mostly in remote, poor communities in South America.
Some of these men faced criminal investigations, but went abroad without charges being brought against them. One of the priests admitted to GlobalPost that he had molested a 13-year-old boy, and acknowledged that he can never work again in the US. He continues to preach in a small Peruvian fishing village. Another is currently under investigation by authorities in Brazil for a string of alleged molestations, including accusations in the poor neighborhoods where for two decades he ran a home for street children — with the support of the Catholic Church.
GlobalPost interviewed one diocese leader in these communities, but was otherwise not granted interviews with local church officials. And despite protracted efforts and discussions with church press officers, neither the Vatican nor the chairman of a new papal commission set up specifically to tackle church child abuse would speak with us.
For advocates and attorneys who have studied abusive Catholic priests for decades, the flight of these fathers overseas represents just the latest chapter in a long story of deceit, collusion and church-sponsored impunity for child abusers . . .
One of the priests GlobalPost tracked down in Lima, Peru admitted to sexually abusing a 13-year old boy in Jackson, Mississippi. The priest explained his crime by saying he had gotten drunk for the first time in his life and woke up in bed with a boy.


Eric Morris said...

This book gives good insights into the problem.

As a practicing Catholic, it is very hard to understand why the Church fosters this--except knowing the world is the Devil's and not God's. I will say the newly ordained men I have met in the last several years are orthodox and masculine (not overly so, just normal) so there is reason for optimism. "And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age."

Anonymous said...

Old news. Exposed by Anthony Thomas PBS Frontline at roughly 2 years ago. Contrary to what Republican Commentator George Will believes about him, Francis has made some significant changes. Example removed over a third of the Cardinals, allow international investigative bodies within the Vatican Bank; removed many suspected/questionable priests from their posts. Actually pretty good piece. Francis was handed a shit sandwich not thanks to John Paul and specifically Benedict. However, progress is slow.

Melyssa Hubbard said...

It's easy to understand if you dig deeply enough. The Vatican is a front for something quite evil.

Vatican = spiritual
City of London = financial
D.C. = war/enforcement

What do each of the three entities have in common? They are sovereign city-states, corporate entities not connected to the nations they appear to be part of. In other words, the City of London (that is the square mile within Greater London) is not technically part of Greater London or England, just as Vatican City is not part of Rome or Italy. Likewise, Washington DC is not part of the United States that it controls.

These sovereign, corporate entities have their own laws and their own identities.

Pedophilia is RAMPANT in DC, London, Vatican

And the 22% of girls sexually assaulted at Purdue? Not surprising. Let's talk about how many girls (and boys) underage have been sexually assaulted to include incest.

It is epidemic and many victims can't/won't discuss it because it is too psychologically disturbing and shameful to do so. Also they fear not being believed. I've been through it personally. Some of my best friends thought I was lying and believed my abuser. It was devastating and horrible, but ultimately talking about it was the only thing that began to help me heal. During this period of my life when I I was physically sick, pre-diabetic, fibromyalgia, and a huge rash

Society needs to liberate these children. I am not sure how anyone can be catholic.