Freethought Today ·

Vol. 29 No. 2

March 2012

Published by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc.

Overheard: Black Collar Crime

The cases include a priest who allegedly pinned loincloths on naked boys playing Jesus in a Passion play and whipped them, in keeping with the drama; a priest who held what prosecutors called “masturbation camps” at the rectory, having boys strip naked and teaching them to masturbate; and a pastor written up for disobedience for complaining . . . about an accused priest being transferred to his parish.
Description of a pretrial hearing for Msgr. William Lynn, accused of failing to remove alleged predators from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Associated Press, 1-25-12

St. John Chrysostom, once said, “The road to hell is paved with the skulls of bishops.” Here’s proof that he was right. In an interview this week with Connecticut Magazine, Cardinal Edward Egan withdrew his 2002 apology for the church’s handling of the sex-abuse scandal, which was once read in all New York parishes.
Columnist Michael Brendan Dougherty, a Catholic and former associate editor of The American Conservative
Business Insider, 2-8-12

He forced me to masturbate while he took pictures of me. When we talk about sexual abuse we’re talking about sodomy. There’s pubic hair, there’ sweat, there’re smells, there’re grunts.
Manuel Vega, retired Oxnard, Calif., police officer, about his abuse by a priest as a teen
NBC Los Angeles, 2-12-12

[The priest] would rape me and then say this is what God’s love feels like.
Dan Smith, who is a plaintiff with Manuel Vega and others to require disclosure of addresses of priests who were never criminally convicted but lost civil suits
NBC Los Angeles, 2-12-12

Just because he’s passed away, doesn’t change his past. There are other people out there who suffered at his hands because of his failure to deal with pedophile priests.
Mike Knellinger, New Mexico Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, on the Jan. 20 death of Archbishop Robert Sanchez
KRQE, 1-22-12

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