Just Thugs

dotCommonweal reports that Rolling Stone has captured the evil essence of abuse and cover-up in Philadelphia.

Somebody’s sold their soul, it seems:

(Journalist Sabrina Rubin) Erdely quotes former Assistant District Attorney Will Spade describing the process of extracting information from the archdiocese: “It was like trying to infiltrate a racketeering organization. Most of these guys just seemed to be in the wrong professions. They weren’t kind or understanding or any of the things a priest should be. They were just thugs.”

I wonder how the new archbishop will handle this mess.

Hopefully he’ll find a tack other than that of his high profile neighbor to the northeast, blaming some group for worse behavior. (You think the Church is bad? Look at the mafia!)

Is anyone else finding the reading of these reports to be disheartening? I have to admit I don’t have the stomach for the last few. I read the outline of the Graves report from Kansas City, but I could go no further.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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2 Responses to Just Thugs

  1. Disheartening? That’s the strongest word you can come up with?

    The Catholic church is a professional pedophile protection program, and it works like the mafia, with some priests committing child sex crimes, others knowingly moving them around to other places where they can commit more child sex crimes, and everyone hiding the truth. They lied when questioned, and caused other children to be raped.

    If that is only disheartening to you, you need to talk to God some more.

  2. Todd says:

    Patrick, you are welcome to come to this blog and comment. I wish you were a better prophet, however. You do the cause for more accountability little credit.

    The person always on the lookout for the strongest word does little more than yell and scream. As a writer I don’t always look for the strongest word, but the most effective one.

    You have your mind made up. I have nothing to say to you, and nothing to convince. I have no interest in being a cheerleader. I prefer to persuade the fence-sitters than preach to the choir.

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