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.
I also agree with survivor, former nun and SNAP leader, Ms. Mary Dispenza that to date, “common sense” has been puposely evaded by the catholic church leaders on these heinous crimes against humanity.
What’s more, I believe that exercising common sense would allow the catholic church heirarchy to think beyond the multitude of years of lies and constant dissembling, to finally arrive at a point where they realize that the words of Christ as found in Matthew 18:6, Mark 9:42 and Luke 17:2, were uttered for this specific purpose; and, that PUTTING AN END to catholic church heirarchy enabling and covering up for the abusive, active pedophiles in their ranks, PUTTING AN END to all of this, is the only honestly religious, credible, intelligent, moral and common sense thing to do.
I believe we should ALL beseige the two, living catholic popes, to:
PUT AN END TO THIS SCOURGE OF PEDOPHELIA AND HEINOUS CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY, BEING COMMITTED and/or ENABLED and COVERED UP BY any and all CATHOLIC PREISTS, LAITY AND EMPLOYEES, now!
NOW! I say.
Because some Catholic officials still claim that only recently did they begin to ‘understand’ pedophilia.” (I believe that making that “claim” is really, just another example of the abusers attacking their victims and those who are accusing them. I believe that is one of their “foundation cornerstones” of the “defence policy”, i.e. “attack all comers by lying and disembling”.
I believe that ALL of the catholic church heirarchy, including both living popes (francis and benedict), should be forced to re-read the following portions of the New Testament, every day.
and, Luke 17:2