Convicted priests still getting pensions and medical benefits

By Connie Leonard, Anchor/Reporter, October 10, 2017, WAVE 3 News

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville area priests convicted of molesting children in a court of law are still getting money and benefits from the Catholic Church.

What message is it sending?

Victims of priest abuse maintain that's a question parishioners should be asking their Catholic church leaders, to make sure their children and others are protected.

Priests, like Father Joseph Hemmerle, may deny heinous acts against children. "I'm innocent of all these charges," Hemmerle told a judge after being convicted by a Meade County jury.

Victims say that's what makes them so dangerous.

"As far as I'm concerned, the guy is a huge threat to other children," said Hemmerle molestation victim Michael Norris. Norris recently found out that  . . .

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  • John Nesbella
    commented 2017-10-11 14:35:05 -0500
    It’s not just the Louisville diocese.
    In my former diocese of Altoona-Johnstown most of our retired priests are sexual molesters and even though a PA Grand Jury report identified them as child molesters, they are still receiving their pensions and benefits. Recently in Altoona-Johnstown, there were second collections at all the parishes to collect money for the clergy retirement fund. I would bet that it is the same way in every diocese throughout the entire world-even if you are a convicted child molester-you still get your pension and benefits-that is as long as you were a priest or bishop. The RC church has become little more than a unreformable welfare system for a bunch of good old boys. Don’t ever expect them to change or be changed by their brainwashed people. Take their money and throw them in jail-then you will see change.

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