Fr. John Geoghan may be America's most prolific predator priest, with at least 150 victims over a 36 year clerical career. (He's not, however, the most efficient. That distinction goes to Mexico's Fr. Nicholas Aguilar Rivera who, in just 10 months in Los Angeles, reportedly assaulted 26 kids.)
This year is the 60 year anniversary of perhaps the first "red flag" Catholic officials had about Geoghan. In 1954, the rector of Geoghan's seminary expressed doubts about his suitability for the priesthood, in part because the seminarian was "decidedly immature."
It's also the 25 year anniversary of Cardinal Bernard Law sending Geoghan to St. Luke's Institute (one of at least three treatment centers where Geoghan spent time), where he was diagnosed as "high risk." Of course, he was still put back on the job in an unsuspecting parish.
And it's the 15 year anniversary of a 1994 Boston archdiocesan memo, labeled "confidential," that said that Geoghan would stay in a parishioner’s home who had eight kids “even when he was on a three day retreat because he missed the kids so much.” He “would touch them while they were sleeping and waken them by playing with their penises."
(Incidentally, last year was the 50th anniversary of Paraclete founder Fr. Gerald's Fitzgerald's letter to the pope advocating “Laicization for any priest, upon objective evidence, for tampering with the virtue of the young” noting that “real conversions will be found to be extremely rare" and "leaving them on duty or wandering from diocese to diocese is contributing to scandal." His advice was obviously ignored.)
Why mention all of this?
Because some Catholic officials still claim that only recently did they begin to “understand” pedophilia.
And because in the last two weeks, two of the very highest ranking Catholic officials claimed that the church hierarchy is unfairly “picked on” in abuse cases. (One was New York Cardinal Tim Dolan. The other was Pope Francis himself.)
The relentlessly reckless and selfish handling of the Fr. John Geoghan case is one of thousands of reasons Catholic officials are "picked on" about child sex crimes.
SimilarThe International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State (or ITCCS) is a one-
man blog that pretends to be a tribunal established to enforce common law.
—“PRETENDS TO BE A TRIBUNAL ESTABLISHED TO ENFORCE COMMON LAW” (Pretends)
Thank you for stopping the exchange with “John Denver”.
I am also grateful that you reminded me (and all of us who are reading this), that sexual predators do often try to “normalize” their behavior. I don’t know about others, but personally, I need to keep that in mind, always.
I just saw segments of the pope, giving his Easter Sunday mass “to the city and the world” on both the CBS Sunday Morning show, and on Face the Nation. The second show also had archbishop, cardinal timothy dolan of New York, being interviewed by Nora O’Donnell, I think it was.
I don’t like timothy dolan, now. It’s ironic, when I first became aware of him years ago now, when john paul II was pope, I thought I liked him. That was before I knew what I now know, about the crimes against humanity being committed by catholic predator priests and other catholic laity and employees on a DAILLY BASIS and by huge numbers globally around this Earth.
Today, the only thing cardinal dolan said about this scandal really, was that he doesn’t want to act upon Christ’s teachings of forgiveness, because there are certain crimes and criminals even HE (dolan), does not want to “forgive”.
This comment was so disengenious of this catholic cardinal dolan, because I feel certain that he, of all people, DOES KNOW, that Christ DOES NOT TEACH that we (any of us) should forgive these particular sinners, these catholic priests and other catholic predator pedophiles within the church preying on children and vulnerable adults.
I believe that BOTH this new pope AND timothy dolan, archbishop cardinal of New York city, know what Christ has said in MATTHEW 18:6, MARK 9:42 AND LUKE 17:2, and that because they are in fact afraid of death themselves, don’t want to make known to the rest of the world that Christ said THESE PARTICULAR CRIMINALS in HIS church, should be made to experience death (by drowning, no less). CHRIST HAS SAID THIS.
There is NO EXCUSE, for the catholic pope, to or any catholics to allow these crimes to continue in the catholic church, in Roma and all around the world. NO EXCUSE!
We must make Christ’s words and advice in the Bible, found in MATTHEW 18:6, MARK 9:42 AND LUKE 17:2 KNOWN TO THE WORLD, now. Christ, and his words, is the gift from God, to us, today and always. MATTHEW 18:6, MARK 9:42 AND LUKE 17:2