Well that is troubling.
Courtesy of the Daily Mail:
For nearly two decades, a secretive Catholic group operating out of a small Michigan town has reportedly served as a ‘rapid-response’ team to protect hundreds of priests accused of sexual abuse.
The small nonprofit group, Opus Bono Sacerdotii, would reportedly work out of a series of unmarked buildings in rural Michigan, providing money, shelter, transport, legal help and other support to hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Catholic priests accused of sexual abuse across the country.
Stripped of their collars and cassocks, they went unnoticed in the small town of Dryden as they were escorted into a dingy warehouse across from an elementary school playground, the Associated Press reported.
Neighbors said they had no idea some of the dressed-down clergymen dining at local restaurants in the rural town might have been accused sexual predators. But they had been brought to town by Opus Bono.
When a serial pedophile was sent to jail for abusing dozens of minors, Opus Bono was there for him, with regular visits and commissary cash.
When a priest admitted sexually assaulting boys under 14, Opus Bono raised funds for his defense.
When another priest was criminally charged with abusing a teen, Opus Bono later made him a legal adviser.
And while powerful clerics have publicly pledged to hold the church accountable for the crimes of its clergy and help survivors heal, some of them arranged meetings, offered blessings or quietly sent checks to this organization that provided support to alleged abusers, The Associated Press has found.
If hundreds of thousands of individuals who belong to your organization, be it a religious order or otherwise, are accused of sexual abuse you really need to apply a critical eye to that organization.
That is simply unheard of.
If this were the Shriners, or a veteran’s organization, they would have long ago disbanded and their organization would cease to exist.
The fact that the Catholic Church continues to exist and that people are willing to protect these criminals really says something very troubling about the very nature of the church.
At least that is how I see it.