Horror Show Saturday: Priest Molests 50 While Church Hides Him

Vince McCaffrey

We finally reach the end of Religious Horror Show Week with a prime example of what I’ve been talking about all along, that the churches really don’t care about the victims of abuse, they only care about keeping their own hands clean and their employees away from prosecution.  And so, on Horror Show Saturday, let’s look at the case of Vince McCaffrey, a Catholic priest from Massachusetts who is now serving a 20-year sentence for kiddy porn and child molestation.

In 2002, hundreds of images of young boys, some as young as 6, were found under the mattress of McCaffrey, The images depicted boys being beaten, gagged and locked in cages and later it came to light that McCaffrey had molested as many as 50 boys in four parishes in and around the Chicago area.

And the Catholic Church helped him to hush it up.

Back in 1980, Reverend James T. O’Connor of Our Lady of Loretto informed the archdiocese of McCaffrey’s drinking and sexual problems, but just two months later, apparently at the urging of his superiors, O’Connor actively worked to cover up McCaffrey’s crimes when he was caught molesting an eighth-grader at his parish.  Instead of reporting this to the police, O’Connor wrote a letter to McCaffrey saying “Are you going to be man enough to say to your friends that you have decided that it is best for you to start over someplace else or are you going to throw the blame on me?”  Cardinal John Cody encouraged McCaffrey to get through his rehabilitation for sex and alcohol addiction so he could return to his fine priestly work.  in 1987, facing serious allegations by two boys, McCaffrey confessed his “sins” to another priest who went on to lie to the mothers of the two boys, saying something would be done.  Nothing was.  Then the next year, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin moved McCaffrey to another parish where the abuse continued and the complaints continued to come.  By 1989, with more accusations of sexual abuse at hand, Vicar of Priests Reverend Raymond Goedert wrote that an anonymous caller had informed them of another assault.  “We don’t know if the anonymous caller will strike again, but Dom (Grassi) feels he can’t run the risk of the parish being hurt in any way,” Goedert wrote, adding, “The sad thing is that this threat will hang over Vince until the day he dies.”

Yeah, you act like that’s a bad thing.

It’s hard to argue that the Catholic Church doesn’t know what’s going on, every time the courts get their hands on Church records, it’s clear that these stories have made their way up into the upper echelons and they just don’t care.  Looking at Goedert’s letter, it’s clear they only care about the health of the church, not the wellbeing of the victims.  While McCaffrey stepped won from his ministry voluntarily in 1993, he was convicted of sexual abuse and child molestation in 2002.  When was he finally officially defrocked by the Catholic Church?

2010.

That’s just sad.

92 thoughts on “Horror Show Saturday: Priest Molests 50 While Church Hides Him

      1. Nope, quote me. I defend those that follow the teachings of Christ.

        And that doesn't include this abusive pedophile. And delusion is ignoring that a higher rate of abuse happens in secular schools.

        1. You must provide the evidence for this assertion. At the very list provide links to sources where the evidence can be found.

          1. If the topic is pedophiles and sexual abuse then how can you leave out the place with the higher rates of abuse and pretend that you're really speaking about abuse?

          2. Can you explain how you can discuss the sexual abuses of children and ignore the place with a higher rate of abuses?

          3. Well when there is a thread about it I will.

            But hear you go. I bet the number of children abuses in churches is much higher than schools since the fucking molesting POS Christians love covering this up. IMO

          4. So, you aren't even pretending to be outraged at the sexual abuse, you just were looking for an excuse to attack Christians for something they don't excuse or teach.

          5. No, I am commenting on the topic provided in this thread and you are derailing it. This topic is about your christian brothers molesting children

          6. You are taking the topic of child abuse and turning it into a 'Christian' rant.

            But you can't show where Christ accepted, advocated, or tolerated any sort of sexual abuse involving children.

            IF you had wanted to discuss the topic at hand why not just zero in on the catholic officials that cared more about prestige than protecting the sheep of their flock?

            You always quote the old testament, haven't your read this one?
            It's in Jeremiah 23

            1“Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!” declares the LORD. 2Therefore thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who care for my people: “You have scattered my flock and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. Behold, I will attend to you for your evil deeds, declares the LORD. 3Then I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply. 4I will set shepherds over them who will care for them, and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall any be missing, declares the LORD.

            Wow, even in the old Testament you point to, this abuse of God's followers was not tolerated. The catholics ought to be aware of this text and still ignored the responsibility they had to the parishioners.

          7. because it's about Christians molesting kids moron.

            What does sheep have to do with your brothers molesting kids?

          8. It was about a pedophile hiding behind the church and how the children suffered.

            Why do you ignore the facts in your agenda driven attack on my religion?

          9. There you go again.
            You haven't shown that the teachings of Christ led this pedophile.

            You can show he hid behind organized religion in spite of the teachings of Christ.

          10. Now you want to use that bullshit excuse again. Where did he teach you to harass people online? Drive a car? You do those things and I can't show Christ taught those so you must not be a christian

          11. Now i want to remind you that being a Christian isn't about church membership, it's about relationship with Jesus and according to James 2:14 this man is not a Christian. And church leaders?

            (14What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.)

            And the church leaders? I already pointed out that even the ancient Jewish texts condemn them.

            But what about the modern church teachings?

            It's repugnant what they did. They claim to work for God while ignoring what God wants.

            James 2:8
            8If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,”a you are doing right. 9But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.

          12. You aren't a Christian so why should I answer you.
            You're not part of the solution so even discussing it would be wasted effort.

          13. So in your relationship with Christ where did he teach you to drive and harass people online damaging their reputation and causing them emotional distress?

          14. That's a lot of propaganda and accusations.

            Can you show that my repeating your comments damages your reputation more than your making the comment to begin with?

          15. You replying to me causes me emotional distress after you threatened to attack me

          16. If someone explaining why they think your positions from calling for open revolution, stockpiling thousands of rounds of ammo, advocating for the position that an entire town deserves to be burned alive in a church…. if someone explaining why that kind of thinking is wrong in their opinion, and that threatens you?

            You may not be up to this kind of forum.

          17. You sure are stretching the meaning of this scripture. How do you get that this scripture is talking about sexual abuse?

          18. I am not questioning that the scripture refers to a church leader taking care of the flock, though this statement is very ambiguous. There is nothing in the scripture that warrants the conclusion that it is referring to sexual abuse. Seems to me that this scripture has more to do with the church leader looking out for and tending to the spiritual needs of the congregation.

          1. No, that wasn't me under guest.

            But I would love to come over right now and tell you to your face that you could pass for the man in the picture of this article. . Can I?

          2. Moderator., Roger is mentioning his legal case again. It's grounds for removal. He won't stop making threats.

    1. Of course they have no shame and we know, given the hundreds of these cases, the bankruptcies of many Archdiocese over sex abuse payouts and the jailing of hundreds of priests, that they don't care either. You can't say that any of these are isolated cases anymore. They're rampant.

      1. The bankruptcies are due to Catholics rejecting the payouts and stopping the financial support.

        Why? They DO care.

        And where is this abuse rampant? Secular schools.

        1. No, they don't care, they were FORCED to pay that restitution by the courts, they didn't offer out of the goodness of their hearts. In fact, they have fought having to pay the victims continually and quite a few Archdiocese have declared bankruptcy to avoid having to sell real assets to pay off the judgements.

          What are you smoking, Roger?

          1. And the courts did the right thing in ruling that way.

            But it was a wakeup call for parishioners and they stopped the liberal donations.
            Peter's Pence was way down, that got the vatican's attention.

            I'm smoking reality, I had an inside ear at a diocese office that was horrified at it. People in the past were told to what donate and the priests did as they pleased, it was quite a shift.

          1. I have ignored nothing. The only link you provided is the one above. I read it. It is an article about sexual abuse in the public schools, not an actual study. The article makes reference to a study but does not provide any actual data from that study and does not provide a link to the study. The article does contain speculation about how serious the problem is in public schools. But that's all it contains: speculation. The article alone is insufficient evidence to support your claim.

            As for other links, what are they. As I said I have seen only one link provided in your postings. You keep referring to the same article, which, as I said, I have in fact read. In fact, upthread I quote from the article and provide a reply.

          2. If you weren't ignoring the issue you might have done more.

            If you don't care then don't expect me to pull your weight for you.

          3. "Consider the statistics: In accordance with a requirement of President Bush's No Child Left Behind Act, in 2002 the Department of Education carried out a study of sexual abuse in the school system."

            The article mentions this study but provides no data or statistics from the study. Nor does it provide a link to the study itself. Without some actual data from the study it would be incorrect to conclude from this remark that the problem is larger in public schools than it is in private sectarian schools.

            ""[T]hink the Catholic Church has a problem?" she said. "The physical sexual abuse of students in schools is likely more than 100 times the abuse by priests."

            Problem with this comment is that it too provides no actual statistics or data. The person simply says that sexual abuse "is likely more than 100 times the abuse by priests." The person doesn't actually say it is 100 times worse. In fact, this is just speculation. From this comment we have no idea how much worse it is or if in fact it is worse in public schools. Again, no actual data from the mentioned study is provided in the article.

            You are going to need to link to an actual study that has data that substantiates your claim. Linking to an article that speculates about the problem but provides no actual data is insufficient evidence to substantiate your claim.

            Finally, you must also provide evidence that the teachers in the public schools who have sexually abused students are in fact atheists. You keep implying that all or most of them are. But you provide no actual data to support this claim.

      2. No where near isolated. I bet the number of kids abuses are in the hundreds of thousands or even more. They have probably been doing this since the foundation of the chirstian cult

          1. Until we know how many of the sick fucking chirstian brothers of yours have abused and molested kids we don't know if the secular school abuses are larger. Since you guys like to cover this shit up

          2. Secular schools don't preach piety and all the other things the catholic church preaches. The church PREACHES one thing but PRACTICES another

          3. And the schools immediately react to predator teachers and get them out of the classroom, unlike the Catholics, who just move them around to menace another group of children at another parish.

  1. Roger is like a chihuahua on steroids that's trying to hump your leg. Maybe if he gets drop-kicked enough times in the nuts followed by copious amounts of IGNORE, he'll put his nasty rat tail between his legs and go somewhere where he's wanted. At that point I think even us atheists might be tempted to exclaim, "OMG, there IS a god and she is fair and just!"

      1. Roger @ Bitch Spot – Horror Show Saturday: … 13 minutes ago · 0 replies · +1 points
        And you are like my post menopausal mother suffering hot flashes and wanting everyone in the room to be as miserable as her.

        Are you happy mommy? I now stalk men online all day, still a virgin, and I hate all women.

        1. He sure likes to focus on all things menstrual when he pretends he knows how to insult. Something tells me it's his most icky-poo subject. "It's Eve's fault, the bitch!!"

          1. Thanks for the link. At this moment I'm not interested in a site where Rog is hanging out. He's a waste of air.

          2. And you are seemingly a waste of vinegar and water.
            Was there ever a time when you came to this forum to actually discuss issues?

        2. I may not like anyone that calls me the things she just called me, she just happens to claim to be a woman.

          And not all women have her unreasonable attitude or ill mannered thinking.

          1. Roger, there is some homo at LRC going by the name of "Jeep Wonder" posting there, with your photo on his avitar……..

    1. Of course there is a God.
      She is six feet tall, with 38 double d's, wears a black leather bustier, fishnet stocking and knee high red leather boots. At least that's what my wife told me………….

      In other news:

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      Guest · 10 hours ago
      C*ntgratulations Roger!

      I see you destroyed another forum and LRC has changed over to Disqus, and you are the only commenter on the new page. Have fun talking to yourself you POS!

      1. It wasn't me pulling all those comments.
        It wasn't me trolling the place with dozens of cute guest names.

        Go look in a mirror. The normal folks can still post there, you can't with a guest profile.

        So go run squealing like a pig, you're the one that can't keep on trolling the site.

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