Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Catholic tale somehow gets worse

It looks as though the Catholic church didn’t just ignore reports of child abuse and pretend to everyone else they didn’t exist.  It instructed Irish bishops not to report cases of abuse.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/01/18/world/main7257626.shtml

[Archbishop Luciano] Storero wrote that canon law — which required abuse allegations and punishments to be handled within the church — "must be meticulously followed." He warned that any bishops who tried to impose punishments outside the confines of canon law would face the "highly embarrassing" position of having their actions overturned on appeal in Rome.

Am I reading this correctly? Did Storero say that if bishops sacked priests for raping children or otherwise prevented them from raping children again, the Vatican would reinstate them and put them back in a position where they could rape children?  I don’t see any other way to interpret it.

Child-abuse activists in Ireland said the 1997 letter should demonstrate, once and for all, that the protection of pedophile priests from criminal investigation was not only sanctioned by Vatican leaders but ordered by them.

If the letter is legitimate, that conclusion seems inescapable.

What I want you to do now is think of the most chilling paragraph you can.  Got it?  Well prepare to have it blown out of the water by this:

The 2009 Dublin Archdiocese report found that this actually happened in the case of Tony Walsh, one of Dublin's most notorious pedophiles, who used his role as an Elvis impersonator in a popular "All Priests Show" to get closer to kids.

The church actually did sack Paedo Elvis… but the Vatican did indeed reinstate him as it said it would.  Let’s look at how that worked out:

Walsh in 1993 was kicked out of the priesthood by a secret Dublin church court — but successfully appealed the punishment to a Vatican court, which reinstated him to the priesthood in 1994. He raped a boy in a pub restroom at his grandfather's funeral wake that year. Walsh since has received a series of prison sentences, most recently a 12-year term imposed last month. Investigators estimate he raped or molested more than 100 children.

OK, that paragraph is even more chilling.

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