Catholic church leaders in Texas identify staggering number of priests accused of sexually abusing children.

By |2019-02-01T11:33:32-08:00February 2nd, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |13 Comments

I’m sorry, is being a pedophile a prerequisite to joining the Catholic priesthood?

Courtesy of KTEN:

Catholic leaders in Texas have identified 286 priests and others accused of sexually abusing children, a number that represents one of the largest collection of names to be released since an explosive grand jury report last year in Pennsylvania.

Fourteen dioceses in Texas named those credibly accused of abuse. The only diocese not to provide names, Fort Worth, did so more than a decade ago and then provided an updated accounting in October.

There are only a handful of states where every diocese has released names and most of them have only one or two Catholic districts. Arkansas, for instance, is covered by the Diocese of Little Rock, which in September provided a preliminary list of 12 former priests, deacons and others. Oklahoma has two districts: The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City is scheduled to publicly identify accused priests on Feb. 28 and the Diocese of Tulsa previously named two former priests accused of predatory behavior.

The move by Texas church leaders follows a shocking Pennsylvania report in August detailing seven decades of child sexual abuse by more than 300 predator priests. Furthermore, the Illinois attorney general reported last month that at least 500 Catholic clergy in that state had sexually abused children.

In the months after that report, about 50 dioceses and religious provinces have released the names of nearly 1,250 priests and others accused of abuse. Approximately 60 percent of them have died. About 30 other dioceses are investigating or have promised to release names of credibly accused priests in the coming months.

We keep hearing about more of this kind of abuse within the Catholic church year after year.

And yet parents still allow themselves to be convinced that religion is the key to morality and that those involved in their churches are of the highest integrity. 

So they send their babies into an environment where they are victimized over and over again. 

If anything even remotely approaching a scale of this magnitude had happened in any other institution, whether it was a national after-school program, a local school district, or the Boy Scouts of America, those organizations would have been shut down. 

But something about religion inoculates it from the kind of harsh criticisms and consequences that one would automatically assume would result from reports like this.

But not in my world.

Fuck the Catholic church, fuck organized religion, and fuck the idea that morality is represented by faith in ancient superstitions. 

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13 Comments

  1. anon February 2, 2019 at 6:56 am

    “We would act radically different if, for example, 5-year-old children were being murdered every Sunday.”
    When Eakin finally confessed that he and his friend Evan Savoie—both just 12 at the time—had murdered their classmate after inviting him out to play, the boys were sentenced to 14 years and 26 years in prison, respectively.
    Now 28, out of prison, and a born-again Christian, Eakin is making headlines in his community in a different way—as the leader of an extremist, increasingly vocal anti-abortion group targeting women.
    Eakin considers himself an abortion abolitionist—part of a niche group of activists who believe the larger anti-abortion community isn’t hard-line enough. The abolitionists advocate for state bans on abortion—a direct violation of Roe v Wade—and call for women who end their pregnancies to be prosecuted as murderers.
    despite not knowing how to write when he entered prison—first read the Bible.
    “I feel like God made himself real to me then and really gave me a desire to be a voice for the voiceless,” Eakin said. “It was a pretty radical transformation that took place, and my desires changed.” ““It was just the look on Jeremiah Thomas’s face that really, really burst this desire to be a voice for the pre-born children,” “It made it real for me, like it hadn’t been real before. I just felt like God moved on me and broke my heart for these little precious children.”

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-brutal-story-of-jake-eakin-child-murderer-turned-anti-abortion-zealot?ref=scroll

    • Anonymous February 2, 2019 at 8:27 am

      My 39th BD (now 61), my evangelical sister threw a surprise party because God told her it was going to be my last year on earth. Christian parents, my Mom came flying down crying (350 miles), my Dad stayed at home. Called him when I got home, WTH, Dad?? “Yeah, she told us that, I told her to change the station in her head.” Look, we all have that inner voice but really tired of these people who think they’ve been “sent by God.” STFU already.

    • Je$u$ FUCKing ChRi$T February 2, 2019 at 2:24 pm
    • dowl February 3, 2019 at 12:33 am

      The whole deal with anti-abortion ‘pro-lifers’ is to make sure that there are enough unwanted, neglected, mistreated and thrown away children. These children are required as collateral damage for rill Umurkin military, mercenary personnel, and sex trafficking. Privatized prisons, schools, social service contracts for ‘favored status’ conservatives requires live young bodies to people their entrepreneuring ventures at the expense of a deliberately less efficient government. If there are enough ‘extra’ children, there will always be an ample supply of low-wage American born workers.

      Too many of us claim to be pro-life without caring very much for the care, feeding, education, and long-range consideration for the ‘saved fetus’ population. Welfare programs that address poor families are routinely cut back in favor of tax breaks for the very wealthy.

      How does this stinking thinking work for the rabid rwingers? What is being ‘conserved’ by those who claim to be ‘conservatives’ and who care more for the unborn than those children who are in need now?

  2. Anonymous February 2, 2019 at 7:36 am

    When Pope Francis was ushered in, I was hopeful.
    Turns out he’s just like the rest of ’em.

  3. anon February 2, 2019 at 7:52 am

    Please also include 12 step programs. This idea – and it is an idea – that one is forever sick IS the sickness; it is the idea itself that is the sickness. Nature did not screw up , we are born whole, and nod to nature. Sinners, sickness, and saviors be gone!

  4. HRH February 2, 2019 at 8:20 am

    The two worst curses ever visited upon mankind: war and religion.

  5. Rick February 2, 2019 at 9:52 am

    I wonder, does the Catholic church and others still think celibacy makes one godly?

    • Anonymous February 2, 2019 at 10:22 am

      As my raised Catholic husband always says, “Pope says you gotta do it!”
      Let’s take the biggest drive in any human or animal and see how that works for ’em.
      I doubt they pray erections away…..hand jobs acceptable but weren’t good enough.

  6. Beaglemom February 2, 2019 at 11:20 am

    I simply cannot accept the Catholic attitude toward abortion if Catholic priests sexually abuse children. It’s the same contradiction in political conservatives who claim to be so “pro-life” but who do not want to provide any assistance once that former fetus is born. If you care about human life, then you have to care about it — throughout.

    • Anonymous February 2, 2019 at 12:40 pm

      I used to be a nice person, Beaglemom, and I still am, but to these people, “Shut UP. FFS just please shut UP.”

  7. Anonymous February 2, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    “We want Jesus to come back SO bad, we’re ushering it in.”
    No one knows the day nor the hour……
    Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.

  8. Sally Field February 2, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2019/02/02/women-religious-openly-discuss-harassment-abuse-rape-of-nuns-by-clergy/

    “Sisters must be encouraged to come and talk about (harassment or abuse) but superiors have to make the sister to trust her.”
    Many women religious work on ministries that focus on empowering girls and women, including anti-trafficking and domestic violence, said Bryant. Those lessons have to be applied to sisters themselves, to recognize the grooming processes abusers use, often through extra attention and small gifts.
    More fundamental is the need to change dynamics that reinforce the idea that priests and bishops are special, that their authority can’t be questioned, “We sisters have to stop the feeding of clericalism,” “This is our time to empower others and to befriend the victims.”

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