08 April 2010

Priests' paradise -- Alaska

Every time I think the Catholic-priest-molestation scandal can't get any worse -- it does.

On the morning of January 14 in Seattle, Ken Roosa and a small group Alaska Natives stood on the sidewalk outside Seattle University to announce a new lawsuit against the Jesuits, claiming a widespread conspiracy to dump pedophile priests in isolated Native villages where they could abuse children off the radar. "They did it because there was no money there, no power, no police".....

These abusers in Alaska, Wall said, were specifically sent to Alaska "to get them off the grid, where they could do the least amount of damage" to the church's public image.

Read the whole thing (found via PZ Myers, who has plenty to say too). The leaders of the Church cared nothing for the children who had been victimized, nor for those whom they knew full well these creatures would go on to victimize in Alaska, so long as everybody kept quiet. They cared only for the Church's reputation. So it's most appropriate that that reputation is now being slowly and publicly shredded, lawsuit by lawsuit.

Too bad it comes too late for the kids who committed suicide.


Blogger Alessandro Machi said...

If you want to know more about this topic, the John and Ken Show on KFI-640 AM radio, the top rated talk show in Southern California, rails about this issue regularly.

08 April, 2010 04:44  
Blogger Leslie Parsley said...

This is so outrageous I can hardly talk/write. I put your friend's piece on my FB with the link to the original.

And people think all their donations are going to doing good works for the church when it is, in fact, going to defend these pedophiles.

08 April, 2010 07:56  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

AM: I already know more about it than most people could probably tolerate knowing -- but the more people who "rail" about it the better.

TNLib: Thanks. The important thing is to get the word out. There are still people who are in denial about how monstrous this whole thing is.

Actually, some of those donations are going to a nobler purpose than defending pedophiles: paying settlements to the victims.

08 April, 2010 08:11  
Blogger Joe "Truth 101" Kelly said...

Years ago prominent church members were assigned to go to each parishioner and raise money for a campaign called Harvest of Hope. My families "assessment?" was $1,500. I gave the nice person $300 then and was to make payments till my assessment was satisfied.

Given my nature that's what I do. Act impulsively kind before thinking about what I'm doing. After she left I figured out that this was to bail out the church from settlements to victims. And still, damn few pedophile scum are in jail because the church is still most likely covering for these bastards. I never sent another dime and fortunately for whatever church member that may have the unpleasant duty of asking where the rest of my assessment is, I haven't been called on.

If the Church and Pope are serious, sell the Vatican and settle with the victims. And release all information to authorities so the scum can be prosecuted and rot in jail. It wasn't the rank and file Catholic Church membes who raped these children. It was those laced in positions of authority by the church. And they were aided and abetted by the church hierarchy. It's as if the Pope held the victims down for the perverts.

08 April, 2010 08:27  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Truth: They hit you up for an "assessment" of a grand and a half?! They think they can do that to their laity? Yeesh, I'm in the wrong business.

I wish they would sell the Vatican. It would make a dandy art museum, and the money for the settlements would finally be coming from the resources of the guilty rather than those who are, as you say, innocent.

It's as if the Pope held the victims down for the perverts.

Uncomfortably close to the truth, since he helped protect them so they could find new victims.

There's an old Japanese tradition for people who have disgraced themselves beyond redemption. It's called seppuku. If the Pope were sincere, he'd look into it. Of course, the odds of that are about as good as the odds of them selling the Vatican -- or making any sort of amends at all beyond what's screwed out of them by the courts.

08 April, 2010 08:44  

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