We hope that Willis is locked up for a long time so he won’t be able to hurt any more children. And we hope that other church officials – who concealed his crime and shamed his victim – will also be held responsible in court for their incredible and inexcusable callousness.
We both applaud, and ache for, this brave family. We believe the courage they are showing today will help expose the truth, give consolation to other suffering families, and help enable other victims who are trapped in shame, secrecy and self blame to step forward into the light of healing, justice and prevention.
Michael McGrath has molested more St. Louis kids than any other Catholic priest, nun, brother or seminarian. Still, he walks free, largely because his church supervisors protected him for years.
It's tragic that Archbishop Carlson does nothing to warn the public about McGrath or help police pursue him.
Yesterday, another Kansas City area Catholic priest was accused in a civil lawsuit of molesting a child.
Today, that priest is apparently still on the job at his parish in Bethany. We’ve checked the websites of the diocese, the religious order which signs True’s paychecks, and several other resources. There’s no mention anywhere of anyone removing the priest from his post.
Finn’s lawyers seem determined to do exactly what Finn’s doing – trying desperately to act like there were just a few dumb mistakes, when in fact, for months or years, several smart church officials deliberately chose secrecy over safety dozens of times.
We have recently learned that Fr. George W. Klein of St. Philip the Apostle parish has been accused of sexually abusing a girl when he was a principal at the St. Benedict High School. It’s been two months since the victim first reported her abuse by Klein to Catholic officials. It’s been two weeks since she met face-to-face and divulged more about her abuse by Klein to Catholic officials.
In a recent memo to Philly priests (below), a bishop says "Not all investigations (into priests accused of sexually abusing kids) will be completed at the same time; therefore, it is anticipated that three to five cases will be announced at a time."
The area’s most prolific predator just passed away too.
Bevilaqua’s lawyers could have volunteered evidence of Bevilaqua’s alleged ill health. They chose not to, and now they’re bellyaching because a judge wants some kind of proof instead of taking them at their word. She’s a smart judge.
Tomorrow, a serial predator priest, Fr. Alejandro “Alex” Castillo will be taken in to custody in order to serve his prison time for pleading guilty to child sexual abuse. A year ago, he was removed from Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Ontario when allegations surfaced that he abused two brothers within last two years.