Church officials using health excuses to disguise criminal behavior?
I feel sorry for priests who resign or take a leave for health or personal reasons. Most of them, I’m sure, are honest when they say and do this. But many of them, I’m also sure, do so under a huge cloud of suspicion. The blame for that falls squarely on the shoulders of their deceptive bishops.
A Connecticut priest used that phrase – resigning “for health and personal reasons” back in 2011. Now, he’s been arrested on drug charges. And his Catholic supervisors allegedly knew that he engaged in bizarre sex acts in the church rectory.
According to the CT Post:
"But sources knowledgeable with the case said the situation with Msgr. Kevin Wallin went deeper than diocese officials will publicly admit.
While pastor of St. Augustine's, sources said he often disappeared for days at a time, and rectory personnel became concerned and notified diocese officials when Wallin, sometimes dressed as a woman, would entertain odd-looking men (some who were also dressed in women's clothing) and engaging in sex acts.
In addition, diocese officials found bizarre sex toys in Wallin's residence, the sources said."
We’ve seen this happen over and over and over. A priest steps down for vague reasons. Later, it emerges that the resignation stemmed from sexual misdeeds.
Many priests must get ill. They must struggle with addictions. They must have family issues, like ailing parents. All of these are, of course, perfectly legitimate reasons to leave one’s job.
Sadly, it must be hard for priests to do this now, knowing that bishops’ long pattern of deception means many will question whether the reasons given are true or false.
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.