priest_hands_bible-1280x960Yes, those crazy Catholics are at it again, this time in St. Louis, MO.  Former priest William Vatterott was indicted by a federal grand jury and charged with possession of child pornography.  He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000, if convicted.  Lesser charges leveled at the priest include providing alcohol to a minor and an undefined inappropriate behavior charge.  Vatterott served as pastor of  the St. Cecilia Parish from 2008 until he removal.  He’s also had other issues in his past.  Back in 2011, two teenage boys reported receiving inappropriate electronic exchanges with Vatterott.  There have been no allegations of criminal sexual activity yet, but come on, we know it’s coming.

This is hardly the first time the local Catholic diocese has had trouble, this case comes on the heels of another, where Kansas City priest Shawn Ratigan pleaded guilty just last August to producing child pornography.  In that case, Bishop Robert Finn of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph was charged with a misdemeanor for failing to report suspected child abuse when he found that Ratigan had child pornography on his computer, yet did not report it to authorities.  I guess we shouldn’t be surprised at all, it’s the typical pattern of the Catholic Church protecting their pedophile priests.

According to David Clohessy, director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP), “We hope that someday Catholic officials will stop using euphemisms like ‘inappropriate conduct’ and ‘boundary violations’ and start being more honest.  It’s hard to believe they are trying to reform when they deliberately use vague minimizing words for these heinous crimes.”  He suggests that leadership in the diocese were well aware of the previous charges and chose to ignore it because it was not public knowledge.

Seriously, how long is  this going to go on?  We’ve already had 8 Catholic diocese in the United States go bankrupt over payments to victims of priestly sexual abuse, is St. Louis trying to make it 9?  You’d think that the Catholic Church, if it gave a damn about stopping these activities, would have a zero-tolerance policy.  If you do anything even remotely questionable with a child, if you even bend the law, you’re out on your ass with your personnel file handed over  to the police to go over with a fine-tooth comb.  Why isn’t the Catholic Church being proactive?  They’re hardly even being reactive?  I think it’s because if they did, the number of priests they’d lose in a matter of months would become an international scandal.  I’m sure this is a lot bigger than anyone is willing to admit and they’re hoping to squeak by without the whole of the United States Catholic Church going under.  It’s too bad they never learn, I just hope the downfall comes sooner rather than later.  Enough children have already been hurt by this criminal organization.

 

 

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