The latest report of Catholic clergy abuse, released Tuesday by a grand jury in Pennsylvania, is so sickening there are hardly words to describe it. Just reading about the actions of the priests - and the systematic cover up of their abuses - is enough to make one shudder in disgust and anger.
"Whips, Violence and Sadism"
Bishops and other church leaders knowingly covered up abuse committed by more than 300 priests over a 70-year period. But this went far beyond inappropriate touching or harassment.
According to the report, priests used "whips, violence and sadism" as they engaged in violent child rape, created child pornography on church property, tagged victims they believed to be ripe for further molestation with gold cross necklaces, and formed cabals of abusers to protect one another. But that's just scratching the surface of how sick this operation got.
In one instance, clergy collected pubic hair and menstrual blood samples from a family of five sisters, all of whom had reported prior abuse but were ignored. A priest who raped at least 15 boys some as young as seven was later hailed as "a person of candor and sincerity" by a friendly bishop sympathetic to his "addiction."
Another received a reference letter for his next job at Walt Disney World.
Past Crimes Finally Unearthed
The 884-page report is the result of a two-year investigation spanning Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton dioceses. It details how abuse claims were stashed away in so-called secret church archives, making it all but impossible to discipline priests or report allegations to law enforcement. In all, these "predator priests" were responsible for abusing more than 1,000 child victims - perhaps far more.
"Priests were raping little boys and girls, and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they hid it all. We believe that the real number - of children whose records were lost, or who were afraid ever to come forward - is in the thousands," the grand jury wrote.
"Today, Pennsylvanians can learn the extent of sexual abuse in the dioceses and for the first time we can begin to understand the systematic cover up by church leaders that followed," declared Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro at a news conference in Harrisburg. Several of the accused clergy managed to have their names redacted from the report temporarily, citing inaccuracies - something Shapiro wasn't thrilled about. "Every redaction represents an incomplete story of abuse that deserves to be told."
Some of those heartbreaking accounts were made public in emotional video testimonies played prior to the news conference.
"It doesn't ever go away, it has an effect on you for the rest of your life," declared 47-year-old victim Shaun Dougherty. "This has absolutely destroyed me." Another 83-year-old victim, Robert Corby, claimed his abuser robbed him of all future affection for his wife and children. "My children, I couldn't hold or hug. (He) took that away from me."
Have Things Really Changed?
Clergy abuse has done untold damage to the reputation of the Catholic Church. The question now: are these issues truly in the past? Are kids today safe in these parishes?
Church attorney Matt Haverstick argues that yes, reforms have taken hold and rooted out abusers. "The Catholic Church discussed in the grand jury report no longer exists, and hasn't existed for a long time," he says. "Today's Church has listened and learned from its mistakes, and its reforms over the past two decades keep children safe."
But others aren't so sure. Can this vile pattern of behavior that ran so deep within the organization really be extinguished so easily? How is it possible to ensure that every single predatory priest is removed?
And even if the reforms are successful, it is of little comfort to the thousands of victims who will never see their abusers face justice. Thanks to Pennsylvania's statute of limitations for child abuse crimes, it's too late to pursue charges against the abusers. "As a consequence of the cover-up, almost every instance of abuse we found is too old to be prosecuted," the grand jury explains. "But that is not to say there are no more predators."
Wow. That is one pretty sweet n sneaky lil' operation they got goin' there... I wish there was a group of priests as positively predisposed to the abuse of drugs instead of kids.... then I truly would be called by God to serve him as an ordained, consecrated, intoxicated member of the clergy! But, if it's just gonna be a non ending buggery-fest with pre-pubescant boys - i think i will pass...
I have "NEVER" Known a sexuial predirtial Priest! Notice it is always PRIEST in the "NEWS" Look at Hatia! the white hats that were to help? First thing was to get all the young boys for sex trade! SEX CHILDREN FROM Hatia! NEVER ANY NEWS COVERAGE!!!!!! NEVER! The Catholic Bank of Italy is the tue target.
Well, normal men go to church either to meet women or to impress the one they have.
John Owens, "normal men go to church either to meet women or to impress the one they have" is your response here really, this from someone who says that liberals don't REALLY love Jesus Christ? How is just going to Church for more women or to impress the one you have REALLY loving Jesus Christ, instead of going to Church out of love for Jesus Christ and do your trim hunting or impressing someone somewhere else? There are plenty of other places for that and then go to Reconciliation or to the minister to discuss your inattention at church and your using it for another agenda than what it is there for, and keep your mind on God at Church. Normal men go to Church for God and to talk with Him, while abnormal ones go to Church for women-hunting or to impress a woman.
he was being facetious
Corrupt Liars.The whole bunch. BIG MONEY?
It never ceases to amaze me the men who are attracted to the spiritual calling and who can commit these kind of atrocities. And yet, the vast majority of them would claim to be spiritual people believing in a deity.
Religion throughout history is used to control people. Used not just by clergy but by well intentioned people. You know the..."your going to church because it's for your own good, and if not your going to get such a beating",...That crowd. The book that keeps them together "The Bible" is just full of examples of ethnic cleansing, slavery and human trafficking, and of course the occasional massacre.
Why would anyone believe in God or the teachings of the church?
You got it !
You come offas a Marxist. Look at your statements. "Religion controls people. It doesn't control me.
Not surprised at all. The Catholic church is the biggest crime family of all. Just look at their track record towards the pagans and American Indians. I came from a catholic family and stayed far away from any man that was catholic...I had my fill of their arrogant ways and they can get away with anything because peoples faith is more important than murder.
When it comes to churches...and people and their faith. It amazes me how selfish people can be..That is why this continues to this day..It will not stop still people stop attaching their egos to someone's ideas and start taking responsibility for their own happiness..This is sickening.
Well said! Totally agree
I'm waiting for the Pope to make a statement. I wonder what he'll say? All of these pedophile priests should be defrocked and Pennsylvania's statute of limitations be damned. These priest's will ultimately have to answer to an authority much higher than the Pope or any earthly power.
I totally agree! Then maybe they will begin to arrest the protestant ministers guilty of the same crimrs! I know of many of them because I counseled their victims. Believe me, it is not.just priests!
It's a sad commentary on many of the world's religions and at last count there are well over 4000 of them worshiping whatever Deity or higher power they happen to believe in. So long as the moral compass of our spiritual leaders is correct, we can count on them to lead us toward enlightenment. If not, we see the horrid result.Do not follow blindly but do listen to your inner voice which will not lie to you and will show you the right path to follow.
I agree, the pope needs to stand up to the plate and do what’s right , all the priests that are really demons should be excommunicated from the church and role of a preist they will rot in hell for this !
Gary - The all knowing/all powerful Christian god is either dead like Time magazine said or he approves of these priests committing these crimes in his name. Otherwise the Vatican would have been treated like a modern day Sodom & Gomorrah by now.
Things like this happen because of sin, not because God is considered dead. Have you had any thelogical training to make such a crazy statement. Get your facts straight.
The history of the Catholic Church is a litany of horrors:
From Constantine's (half-hearted) "conversion" and subsequent ruling, that under penalty of death you were to have no other religion than his new "State Religion", which soon morphed into Roman Catholicism, then onto the Crussades, and the Inquisitions, and political excommunications, and Nazi connections, and all throughout that litany of death & depravity soaked History, were more sex scandals by both Popes & Priests than you'd likely find in a Billion Baudy Bordellos & backrooms & allyways!
Catholic attrocities & sex scandals are like an Onion Skin with never ending layers of abuse!
Peel away all you want, there's another layer of abuse coming right behind it!
This current horror is nothing "new" because more pedophile Priests surface every decade or so in this rancid excuse for a "Holy Church"!
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On a personal note...
I was raised Catholic: Until I was about to be confirmed at 13, and told my Mom "NO! I don't want to be a part of their hypocrisy any longer!"
Shortly after I told my parents this, I was asked to become an Alter Boy!
Our Priest suddenly approached me and my parents one Sunday after Mass! He looked at me, and then at them and said, "I'm offering Norman the position of alter-boy if he's interested! What do you think of that?"
My parents were both extatic!
So was this slimy Priest! He looked at me and said, "Your good friend (name redacted) is starting with us next week, so you'd both begin together!" Then he stroked my hair, and looking at my patents adding, "He's sure a cute one isn't he?" Looking at me he added, "We'd love to have you!"
We argued about it all the way home!
I said, "How many times do I have to say NO? He gives me the creeps! He comes over to the annex where we meet for Boy Scouts, and he's always touching us!" My Mom's ears perked up and she almost shouted, "Touching you how?!" I said, "Like, he really would love to have me!"
My Step Dad (a devout Catholic, who regularly cheated on my Mom, and whom she later divorced), was just FURIOUS!!!
But I didn't relent! I said, "Unless you're planning to give me to him in chains, I'm not doing this!" Yes, "mouthy" even then, but more importantly my Mom had made sure I knew what was & was not appropriate between adults & Children!
So I was acting from that perspective!
Mom also insisted we read the Bible for ourselves; something too many Catholics never do! So I began pointing out their strange dogma & started pointing out inconsistencies in church litany with what the Bible actually says.
My Mom insisted, "Those are all from "Papal Bulls" from our Pope!" I said, "They've Bull alright! Where did Jesus say a Pope has the authority to change or abuse any of His words? And were does Jesus or the Bible say anything about a "Pope", and when did Jesus say store up treasures in your churches like Golden Candle Sticks and live like Kings, and even in very poorest congregations, or make Graven Images of what is in heaven or the earth below! NO MOM, the Bible forbids all of that; it says exactly the opposite! Jesus said, ''Sell all that you have and follow me!'"
After that, I never saw Mom study her Bible more frequently or more thoroughly!
In the end, Mom, who would never deny the truth, left Catholicism shortly after I did, and like me, she never looked back!
Sadly though, and about a year later, my impression of that Priest was finally confirmed! My best friend, who had become an alter boy, had changed; and from a really sweet kid into an angry young man! My Mom later told me, that his Mom said that Priest had sexually abused him. There was some kind of settlement, as if money would take away such horrid memories! We lost touch over the years, but I'm sure he deals with those awful abuses to this very day!
The Catholic Church is drinched in Death & Abuse & Atrocities!
I believe the Roman Catholic Church is the "Great Whore" described in the Bible who, "Lead her daughters astray, until they protested against her!
If that angers you, how much more so should the Catholic Church's relentless & systemic History of Abuse?!
May all they have wronged find some kind of peace!
You knew what was right and wrong at a young age...Good for you. My brother was an alter boy and he now calls the church " the house of sinners"... Unfortunately there is problems in my family. I was disowned because I married a man not of my Italian culture but also not my religious. And because I stand my ground..my brother will not talk to me..My family its so sad...It just amazes me that a belief system is more than family..etc..People become so selfish. I wish people will wake up..namaste
"Family" is often times complicated for most of us; and by a miriad of things that usually become unimportant in the end!
So pass your wisdom & your all your love onto your Husband & family; and don't forget yourself!
Be contented with your circle of happiness; ever welcoming new arrivals & the return of those who have left, if possible, but realize their decision to re-engage with you, or not, is their own choice & path! Bless them anyway, and all that you embrace & who embrace you along the way, and who could wish for more?!
I was blessed with a very fair & ultimately wise Mom! Like me, or like her, we both abhore lies!
Mom passed away two years ago now, but weekly (sometimes daily), I think of some great piece of advice she imparted, and I smile ?!
I wish you Love, Light, & freedom!
(Thanks for namaste), namaste!
Good for you! Thanks for sharing your story. Have you considered writing a children's story to help protect children? You are a good writer!
I so agree with the previous writer. One needs to go back to the Bible and to the day of Pentecost when Christ established His church. He called it his bride. He declared elders to oversee it and not priest and reverends. BTW the reference to reverend is only mentioned one time in the bible in psalms and is referenced only to God. The church they say that Christ established was adding many different beliefs and finally a Lutheran, a baptist and a Methodist and others came together to re-establish the New Testament church. It's called the reformation movement. That church now is named The Church of Christ.
I can almost understand the statue of limitations on a crime but why is it that those who know the crime (the Bishops in this case), are not deemed an accessory to the crime.
Ah, the cult of catholicism.....I bet trump's a catholic.
Maybe he should be, he'd fit right in.
Do your research. Trump is AnglicaEpiscopalian. an
It isn't too late to change the statue of limitations for those who are yet to be subjected to such abuse. It isn't just priests. This statute, throughout the U.S., needs to be indefinite. This isn't like theft. This is ongoing physical and mental abuse, regardless of limitaions for past crimes, the new ones will also have to be addressed as cumulative.
Limitations should be changed. Especially when it comes to children. And when its a church...Its such a crime of the trust people put into a religion and take advantage of children.
That's religion for you
I am appalled but not surprised. How can people abuse children this way? And do it in an ORGANIZED manner!?!?
John Owens, we finally agree on something. Will miracles never end?! Every decent, reasonable, and moral person in the world thinks that sexual abuse of children by priests is disgusting, abominable, and any other derogatory term that you want to apply to it, and that these "priests" should all go to prison over it and not just be reshuffled to other parishes to get a crack at other children and have their crimes covered up. That much of Catholicism is Babylonian religion, as you say, because the Babylonian mystery religions and Pagans did the same thing to their children, but this pedophilia isn't limited to the Catholic Church and is found among Protestant churches, too, lest we forget that in our focusing only on Catholic priests. Most pedophilia happens in the home, too, because there are far more actual fathers (and mothers) than there are Catholic priest fathers and since this sickness isn't limited to Catholic priests, it would just stand to reason and is statistically verifiable that there are far more cases of pedophilia committed by natural fathers than by priestly fathers. There are depraved and crooked people in every organization and group of people, without exception, and if the Catholic Church disappeared completely tomorrow and was forgotten, pedophilia would still continue on its sordid way! But, though there are many coverups of pedophilia in the Church, the number of pedophiles in it are still only a small percentage of the total number of priests (not excusing them at all!) and if we don't condemn all politicians because of crooked ones or those who play around with their young interns and prostitutes or condemn all other groups because of depraved and crooked members of those groups, perspective on the Church would demand that we not do so to the Catholic Church, either.
We do agree on this. It has been going on for far too long. These people should be ashamed, and if not ashamed, then afraid to do what they do to children.
Anyone whom Is 12 and beyond That takes vow of celibacy Though he may have primal Urges the creator will fix this too. Or not As a minster since 1973 I have never trusted this Particular practice
Me either. It is one of the many deceptions of this Babylonian religion.
Especially Minister Norman. My heart goes out to all your victims of abuse at these bastards' hands. Australia, where I am, has just finished a Royal Commission into child abuse in religious and other institutions. The findings are nothing but awful.
I do not attend any church and completely disagree with needing to gather to accept God. Nearly every one of these environments contains idolatry, paintings and rituals.
In all of these situations young people, children have been destroyed by grooming and favour for further approval and greater acceptance by pleasing their leaders.
This idea of ritual is madness.
In previous times, throughout most of the 20th century, catholics with large families always had one or two children who grew up with different likings to their siblings (a same sex attraction) and were urged to enter the church either as nuns or priest hood. Locking them together behind the front of a church saved face for the family and hence imbedded these sick practices more than likely unbeknown to their honest God following compatriots.
Every day I interact with wonderful folk who I know to be same sex partners without any fear for myself or family. These people are wonderful and loving.
The catholic church made their nuns and priests celebrate as a must. Why? The church wished only to protect its' assets from claims rising from divorce, separation and child support.
FREE priests and nuns to wed, have families.This alone will give diocese greater faith in their church, weed out the sick and give those giving guidance better understanding to those who are seeking guidance.
After that we can concentrate on the sick ones who haven't taken the time to enter the priesthood such as; Scouts, boys clubs, girl guides, schools and sporting groups.
God bless You,
In the Bible it says that our religion is as filthy rags in the sight of God. How can you expect big shot religious leaders to be more than a piece of the filth on the rag. Only by being covered by the blood of Christ do we have the opportunity to become the righteousness of God. Any human being that tells you that he doesn’t commit any sins or do anything wrong is a liar and has no truth in him. We are to try and do our best each day and ask God (not man or a priest for forgiveness for our failures). If we do this and be quick in asking God for forgiveness when we sin and give him the honor and glory for our successes then he will provide all our needs and part of our wants. The Catholic Church is the whore and the false religion spoken of in the book of Revelation. Tell me when Jesus said you were to pray to Mary ( his mother)? He told the disciples “ Who are my mother and brother and sister but those who do the will of God. Our purpose on this earth is to worship God, to learn about Him and to grow in our walk with Him. Sorry if this offends anyone but I only speak the truth and what I believe with all my heart, soul and body. I am not perfect, far from it but I strive every day to please God and let others see him in me. Paul
I blame the imposition of priestly celibacy. This was a later development of the church and was not there from the beginning. It is against human nature and those bottled up emotions will eventually surface and someone will get hurt.
You just have to read the Word to see the World:
2 Corinthians 11:14-15 ESV And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.  So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.
And for those who cause harm to the innocent:
Luke 17:2 ESV It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin.
I cry when I read these... and my heart breaks as well. I too was abused, but by my mother. I have never had a meaningful relationship because I cannot trust anyone. I can barely talk about now, and I am 60. She was a devout Catholic, which might explain some of it. It is hard to find peace. It is hard to forgive. But I see what the world did to Christ, and how He responded gives me a model to try and follow. I pray. But it is really hard. I look for how everyone is going to use me, or take from me, or try to crush me. It makes it impossible to have even friends. You can always find what you are looking for, even if it is not truly there. That's what the shrinks tell me. /b
You know...this really should not be surprising to anyone. After all; Catholicism is the one religion where all you have to do to be forgiven is say a couple 'Hail Mary's' after 'confessing' to a priest all that you have done wrong, and hey; Wala, all is forgiven. Why wouldn't anyone want to be Catholic? Go out all through the week, do as you please, confess on Sunday, and all is right with the world. They do not even have to read the Bible, all they have to do is listen to the priest. WOW! So easy to not feel guilty about anything, right?
So then; we have this. Children being sacrificed at the hands of the monsters they were placed in to protect them. What a sick world we live in. However; the Catholic religion is not just the only participants in child atrocities. Cover-ups happen in every walk of life, from religion to politics to small town bureaucracy. However; the magnitude of this one is just unreal.
Finding peace from childhood sexual abuse is not an easy thing to do. However; it can be done. The trust issues that these adult children have in anyone or anything, will never truly be resolved UNLESS they find the true living, breathing, God, (whom I identify as Jesus Christ of Nazareth). He was my Saving Grace, as He offered me something that I would have never been able to offer myself, and that was forgiveness of wrong doing. You see, as an adult survivor myself, the shame and guilt that I felt (even though I had done nothing wrong) was something that I could never let go of. However; my Jesus took that for me. Yes! My God died for me!
Blessings to all who have survived, and please know, that even though this 'men' did not see justice here on Earth, they too, will one day face the authority placed over them. I am sure that on that day, there will be no 'cover-ups' or 'justifications' or even 'testimonies' about how good a person was or was not. There will only be TRUTH!
This is simply a continuation of the old wave of abuses. How can anyone be shocked?
Lots of comments about an emotionally charged subject. Child abuse by priests should result in their being excommunicated and gelded. These monsters will answer to a higher authority than any on earth. What about the other 49 States?!
What's missing from this is one significant thing: the institution called the Catholic church is depraved. The idea of priest and nun celibacy is contrary to the laws of nature and us as animals. Sex is a natural and respectful function. In its most celebrated use it is a means of sharing love, affection, bonding, and...yes, procreating. The church for centuries has been wrong in expecting that priests and nuns would be celibate. It's artificial and the animal urges, the mammalian biology, and the human psychology can't supress what is natural. The Catholic church didn't used to require celibacy....that was a late institutional mandate. Nothing excuses the monster priests who abused and raped children....but it is easy to see how years of celibacy can turn on itself and twist the minds of these people. If the church is really going to change, it should rescind this ignoble mandate and let priests and nuns have families, children, normal relationships, and let nature take its course. Nothing serves the church by requiring celibacy.
The catholic priests should marry or be castrated as a requirement of celibacy/priesthood. They have no use of testicles anyway, why would they keep those if they are celibate? The Orthodox priests are aloud to marry, that is the original church, not the church of Rome. On the other hand, why the victims didn't go to the police when they became adults, but now in the age of MeToo and gold diggers that all want a piece of the pie. I'm sure some priests are guilty of something according to today's laws and some are not, it is no way to tell after so many years. The statue of limitation is in place for a reason; the accusers had their chance at justice for many years and chose not to do anything. Why now when many of the accused are dead.already? Clearly the culture and footprint of gold diggers.
This goes back to Cardinal Krol in Philadelphia. I hope they get their reward in the next life. If it was my child they would meet their maker a lot sooner.
Looks like they've been operating their own private perverted sex ring for centuries. And, what's worse, people have been offering up their children KNOWING what's been going on. So, shouldn't the offending 'priests' be prosecuted as well as the parents? Ask the kids/now adults if their parents knew they were being offered as sacrificial lambs? Did mommy and daddy think their souls were better by selling out their kid? We've all heard about the catholic 'priest' freaks for decades. Yet mommy and daddy still took their kids there and LEFT them alone with evil. See my point?
Has this not always been the way of the Church where the "Fathers" have sex with their children . Something about keeping the numbers high. In the early days of the Church the nuns were easy prey by the males. As were the off spring.
There should never be a statute of limitations for sexual abuse or child abuse of any kind. Because of all these cover ups, this horrifying issue could be even more widespread than currently known. To try to steal another person's soul - which abuse does, is unconscionable, and as this residue can last a lifetime, so should the statutes for justice. While forgiveness may be therapeutic for a victim, it should never let the predator off the hook for the crime & suffering they have caused.
Sad thing is some of those men were victims themselves and had no help to stop the abuse to them so they continued to abuse just as they where abused that dose not excuse them for their abuses of others but it is a visious cycle having been victim of physical and sexual abuse I can understand the damage it can do not only to the mind but to the heart as young men we are constantly bombarded with images and messages of be a man don't cry don't admit your hurt or angry be a man our world is filled with them but thing like this can rib the heart out of you turn you cold and callous to others hope hope the Catholic church gets handle on this and offers help to those who are victims as well as abusers and starts steps to not only help victims but also the abusers I know nothing I have written could be answer to the problem I just pray for the Victims the Abusers and the Catholic church and it's leaders
Interesting comments about yet another emotionally loaded topic. We all need to understand why we attend church and have our priorities straight. As a former Catholic, I could never understand as a child, or later as an adult, why I could raise hell for 6 days and then hit the confessional on Saturday, go to church on Sunday and all my mortal & venial sins would be forgiven. I think that the God of our understanding may not be as loving and tolerant if you keep repeating the same transgressions over and over. Now with this most recent blight on the Catholic church, I'm glad i changed my spiritual direction! Still waiting for the Pope to address the other 49 States! Yeah,, I used to go to church to show off my new car or my wife's new outfit until I thought about what I was doing and got my priorities straight.Well that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
well, that is not real Catholic teaching. That was your environment. If you went to church to show then you never knew what the Catholic faith was really about it.
If the Christian god is not only all knowing & all powerful, but is also a jealous & vengeful god... Then why has he done nothing to these pedophile priests, raping children in his name? The Vatican is the modern day Sodom & Gomorrah and should have been treated as such by now. Maybe Time magazine was right, way back in the 60's ...
Satanists have orgies with consenting adults & Christians molest children. I think that who's good & who's evil has been backwards all this time.
The all knowing/all powerful Christian god is either dead like Time magazine said or he approves of these priests committing these crimes in his name. Otherwise the Vatican would have been treated like a modern day Sodom & Gomorrah by now.