The more that we see things like this, the less surprised we get and that’s actually quite sad. In 1979, a 13-year old boy reported to the Catholic Church that a priest had molested him and then threatened him at gunpoint to keep him from informing the authorities, they promised that they would take his statements seriously. The Archdiocese of Chicago assured the boy’s parents that the priest would be treated and would have no more contact with minors so he could never, ever hurt anyone else. This, of course, was a lie. Reverend William Cloutier, already a known sex offender accused of molesting other children, was returned to ministry within a year of the report and continued to molest other children until his resignation in 1993. Church officials took no action against Cloutier, even after repeated claims of sexual abuse, because he “sounded repentant”. After documents were released by the Church, showing that priests were routinely shuffled around and their past indiscretions were purposely withheld from the public, especially from parents who had the right to know that their children were being endangered by known pedophiles, we now know that the Chicago Archdiocese elites, including the late Cardinal John Cody and Cardinal Joseph Bernardin knew exactly what was going on and approved of it personally.
Yet the Catholic Church still fights to keep these records from the public and the documents released only provided information on 30 of the at least 65 sex offender priests that are known about at present in the Archdiocese. One that was not included was Father Daniel McCormack, who pled guilty in 2007 to molesting at least five children and we really don’t know how many other pedophile priests the Archdiocese is in full knowledge of, yet refuses to turn over the records to the authorities for prosecution. The 6000 pages detailed letters and other communication among the hierarchy of the Archdiocese detailing specific allegations of abuse, yet little was ever done. Some were sent for in-house treatment, but the majority of priests who should have been expelled from the Church were returned to work, with a request that other church personnel keep an eye on them around children.
“Unfortunately, one of the key parishioners … received an anonymous phone call which made reference by name to Vince and alleged misconduct on his part with young boys,” wrote the Rev. Raymond Goedert. “We all agreed that the best thing would be for Vince to move. We don’t know if the anonymous caller will strike again.”
No, the best thing would be for Vince to be turned over to the police for prosecution as a sex offender but that’s not even on the agenda with the Catholic Church. It wasn’t in the 70s. It wasn’t in the 90s and it isn’t today, no matter how many times the Catholic Church claims it’s changed, these stories keep coming out and children keep getting molested. What is it going to take to get the Catholic Church to actually change their ways? I suggest we prosecute them under RICO statues, this is clearly a case of conspiracy to commit organized crime. Put all of the pedophile priests away and prosecute the administration to the fullest extent of the law for not having each and every accused child molester arrested, investigated and charged as a sex offender.
Of course, this will never happen, religion gets a pass in the United States. That’s why the whole of the Catholic Church belongs at the top of a very short list of worst offenders on Horror Show Sunday.