A panel of Penn State trustees that is supposedly looking into the university's abuse and cover up scandal will speak today.
Just when you think Kansas City Catholic officials can’t get any worse, now Bishop Robert Finn has indicated that he may try to overturn federal laws banning the production of child pornography.
While Cardinal Bernard Law has been replaced as head of one of Rome’s most prestigious churches, the AP reports that he “remains a member of a half-dozen important Vatican congregations, including the office that helps the pope select bishops.”
Joliet Catholic church officials claim they’ve “lost” possible evidence of child porn by a priest. And they refused to give police records about that priest’s formal “evaluation.” Shame on them.
We're grateful that Bevilacqua will have to face tough questions under oath about concealing heinous child sex crimes. He shouldn't be able to evade responsibility and justice by claiming to be ill.
Once again, Catholic officials rub salt into the already-deep and still-fresh wounds of a person who was sexually assaulted by a priest during childhood. Shame on them.
It’s heartbreaking to read that a victim of a predatory Syracuse coach came forward to police and university officials years ago but nothing happened. It's the trifecta of betrayal - a predator who commits child sex crimes and an employer and a police department that seemingly do little or nothing to stop those crimes.
We commend Larry Probst of Kansas City, who – until a few months ago – worked in the diocesan headquarters here (until he reported a co-worker’s alleged sexual misconduct and was let go). He recently spoke publicly for the first time, disclosing
--the “hostile work environment” and sexual harassment he suffered in there,
--the “offensive, sexually oriented material that was often open and obvious to any passer-by” in the diocese headquarters, and
--the response of church supervisors to his concerns (“indifference, defense, protection and resentment” and threats of “losing my job”.)
Finn clearly didn’t want an honest assessment of Fr. Ratigan’s sickness. He wanted legal and public relations ‘cover’ so he could put Fr. Ratigan around kids again.
What kind of therapist diagnoses an adult as “lonely” because he takes hundreds of pictures of little girls’ crotches? What kind of therapist blames a parochial school principal for that child predator’s problems? And what kind of bishop seeks out this therapist?
The time to cut Joe Paterno any slack is now officially over. There’s only one plausible explanation for Paterno's transferring ownership of his home to his wife: protection of liability. The fact that he made this move mere months before he lost his job and was called out for his role in an abuse cover-up shows that Paterno knew a lot more about the Sandusky case than he’s let on thus far.