Yeah, here we go again with Catholic sex abuse. It’s a real shame that there’s so much of it, but it is what it is. This time out, a former Crowthorne vicar has been jailed for reportedly indecently assaulting four Catholic schoolgirls. Is it possible to assault someone decently, or am I just overthinking things? Vicar Brian Spence, of Nursery Close, Hook, stood trial for nine indecent assault charges involving four girls aged between 10 and 15. The jury returned unanimous verdicts on four charges, majority guilty on three and were deadlocked on the last two.
Vicar Spence, while he was employed at St. John the Baptist Church in Crowthorne between 1994-1998, molested at least four girls, although it is suspected by some that there may be other victims. Judge Nicholas Wood said, “You used and abused and exploited the trust placed in you to indecently assault four girls.” He went on to add “there was another, deeper, dark side of you. You had, in the 90s, an unhealthy sexual interest in children.”
Because we never see that in Catholic priests, right?
Spence was sentenced to four years in prison and will be required to file as a convicted sex offender for the rest of his life.
So why do we see so much of this? Do Catholic priests think they won’t get caught? I think that has a lot to do with it, I think there is so much power, or at least perception of power within the clergy that these people think they can get away with just about anything and, since they have no other sexual opportunities, they take advantage of children and think that they’re somehow above the law. We see, in case after case, that this isn’t true and I’m not sure if the attitude has changed within Catholicism in recent years, now that more and more priests are going to jail and not being protected as successfully by the Church. Hopefully, things will change and the RCC will manage to flush a lot of these predators out of their ranks. A lot of the superior attitude within the church needs to go away though, these people are no better than anyone else.
So, Vicar Spence, welcome to Horror Show Sunday, may you rot in prison for a couple of years and find out what it means to be taken advantage of sexually. I hope they assault you decently.