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.

Showing 10 comments

  • Eva Sence
    commented 2019-02-08 20:21:06 -0600
    All of a sudden I was whisked to a sign in and didn’t get to complete my comment. GS
  • Kay Goodnow
    commented 2013-04-04 02:46:01 -0500
    Stephen, I agree completely with your assessment of the situation. Further, I would suggest that the authority of the church do(es) not believe in the theology of whatever it is called that they use to brainwash their members. Beats me that they have any membership left at all. I am a “recovering” Catholic via the survivor of abuse route. I am so glad to be alive and able to watch them destroy themselves. They themselves created an international crisis. What a farce. Francis I is doing everything right EXCEPT the handling of the predators and those who enable them. Certainly the god they claim to represent does not exist and never did. Nothing they say can be believed.
  • Stephen T. Woods
    commented 2013-04-03 22:51:59 -0500
    I must say I’m in utter bewilderment at an organization that claims to be representives of GOD, and claims further to be able to lead society in the ways of righteousness, yet has no ability, whatsoever to deal with serious psychological and or criminal behavior of its own priests. This patent inability exposes as a lie any claims this corrupt organization makes that it represents a god. What a disgusting shambles. When they demand society should listen to them yet that can’t heal themselves. EXPOSED!
  • Ed Kar
    commented 2013-01-18 18:32:41 -0600
    “…resigning “for health and personal reasons””

    That’s a joke; as a ex-member of of a religious order I know RCC Inc.has been using that one for decades.
  • Michael Ference
    commented 2013-01-18 17:24:51 -0600
    I’m sorry, I may have to make several comments. If this dysfunctional sex freak/meth maniac dressed up as a nun, according to canon law, it’s not a sin. Therefore, if he dressed up as a nun in regular street clothes, it wasn’t a sin either. Again, according to canon law.
  • Michael Ference
    commented 2013-01-18 17:15:58 -0600
    I forgot to add, not that there’s anything wrong with it.
  • Michael Ference
    commented 2013-01-18 17:14:52 -0600
    A Drag Queen Gone Wild. See the full story when Ru Paul inteviews the priest and his bishop on her show Drag Race,
  • Kay Goodnow
    commented 2013-01-18 15:51:22 -0600
    These old boys set themselves up to be of exemplary behavior… and people buy into it. Ridiculous. Wallin is typical, rather than the exception. They are not to be trusted, any of them.
  • Gloria Sullivan
    commented 2013-01-18 15:24:07 -0600
    All of a sudden I was whisked to a sign in and didn’t get to complete my comment. GS
  • Gloria Sullivan
    commented 2013-01-18 15:22:18 -0600
    The Roman Catholic Church is a corporation( a place called the Vatican with affiliates all over the world). and has nothing to do with the “Real Church” which is composed of’THE PEOPLE OF GOD", . which they are NOT!
    This so called church has no authority over the “people of God” as they are not an ediface a place or anbut a spirituality given only by God.

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