Catholic Church Whistle-Blowers Join Forces on Abuse

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They call themselves Catholic Whistleblowers, a newly formed cadre of priests and nuns who say the Roman Catholic Church is still protecting sexual predators.


Although they know they could face repercussions, they have banded together to push the new pope to clean house and the American bishops to enforce the zero-tolerance policies they adopted more than a decade ago.

The group began organizing quietly nine months ago without the knowledge of their superiors or their peers, and plan to make their campaign public this week. Most in the steering group of 12 have blown the whistle on abusers in the past, and three are canon lawyers who once handled abuse cases on the church’s behalf. Four say they were sexually abused as children.

Their aim, they say, is to support both victims and fellow whistle-blowers, and identify shortcomings in church policies. They hope to help not just minors, but also adults who fall prey to clergy who exploit their power for sex. They say that their motivation is to make the church better and safer, and to show the world that there are good priests and nuns in the church.

Written By: Laurie Goodstein
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  1. It’s not a good sign when an underground group has to organize quietly without the knowledge of their superiors or their peers to make the church better and safer, and to show the world that there are good priests and nuns in it.

    • In reply to #1 by aquilacane:

      It’s not a good sign when an underground group has to organize quietly without the knowledge of their superiors or their peers to make the church better and safer, and to show the world that there are good priests and nuns in it.

      On the contrary, I see it as a good sign. Part of the breakdown of the whole edifice. These are the ones who want to clean up their church from within, while avoiding “throwing out the baby with the bathwater”. Good for them, even though they’re doomed to failure – once the bathwater is gone, I don’t think they’re going to find any sign of a baby. Or anything else, for that matter.

  2. This sounds good, but can an institution that demands celibacy of adult men and women really be made clean of sexual deviants? Until they allow their priests and nuns to marry or engage in consensual sex, there is no hope for solving this problem.

    • In reply to #2 by prietenul:

      This sounds good, but can an institution that demands celibacy of adult men and women really be made clean of sexual deviants? Until they allow their priests and nuns to marry or engage in consensual sex, there is no hope for solving this problem.

      You misunderstand: it’s not celibacy that turns these people into deviants; it’s deviants that join up because of the easy access to the weak and vulnerable and no-one questions why they aren’t interested in consensual, adult partners. Being riddled through their hierarchy with deviants – all the way to the top – there is no interest to weed out the ones lower down. This clandestine band is destined to get trampled by the senior ranked pedophiles in their organisation.

      • In reply to #3 by crossley:

        You misunderstand: it’s not celibacy that turns these people into deviants; it’s deviants that join up because of the easy access to the weak and vulnerable and no-one questions why they aren’t interested in consensual, adult partners. Being riddled through their hierarchy with deviants – all the way to the top – there is no interest to weed out the ones lower down. This clandestine band is destined to get trampled by the senior ranked pedophiles in their organisation.

        I think celibacy is also a direct problem in a number of ways. I’ve seen Catholic priests talk about how young boys of twelve used to be put in seminaries so they spent their whole adolescence in a bizarre male only, sexuality taboo society which was not at all healthy. Even for those who came into the priesthood later it’s a difficult thing for many men to turn off all forms of sexual activity.

        Michael

        • In reply to #4 by mmurray:

          In reply to #3 by crossley:

          You misunderstand: it’s not celibacy that turns these people into deviants; it’s deviants that join up because of the easy access to the weak and vulnerable and no-one questions why they aren’t interested in consensual, adult partners. Being riddled through their hierarc…

          I agree. Its a complete simplification to say the RCC is just a haven for perverts. Its true that the people who will be drawn to be priests and nuns probably have issues with sexuality to begin with. But the problem is they go into a culture that — rather then providing support to deal with those issues — provides the worst possible kind of environment. Sexuality is seen as evil and dirty and the way its dealt with is to essentially repress it. Its inevitable that people who start off with issues will tend to get worse and some of them end up sexual criminals. Celibacy has to be done away with but also the whole view of sexuality to begin with needs to change. It should be celebrated as a way for people to express love not thought of as dirty and sinful. I don’t really think it can change, misogyny is so core to the beliefs of the RCC. Mary was so pure because she got pregnant without sex.

      • In reply to #3 by crossley:

        it’s not celibacy that turns these people into deviants; it’s deviants that join up because of the easy access to the weak and vulnerable

        Seems to me like it’s a combination of both, not either-or. Certainly it’s an environment hostile to normal sexual development, so what would you expect to flourish there?

      • In reply to #3 by crossley:

        This clandestine band is destined to get trampled..

        I think you’re right. This warrants continued monitoring, with publicity whenever any trampling is detected, and further efforts to unravel and expose the chain of command doing the trampling.

  3. So why hasn’t, god sorted this out then? Couldn’t god reveal the names and extent to one of his most trusted cardinals? Or perhaps god is not a supporter of the catholics and is cleverly bringing down the rcc for the benefit of the jews or the coptics or the muslims or the hindus or the mormons or the … … … … … … … … … … … …? Actually there is no god. It’s just that the majority of humans are so badly educated that they are easily inculcated, from potty training age, to believe in dangerous mind shrinking trash.

    • In reply to #5 by Pi:

      So why hasn’t, god sorted this out then? Couldn’t god reveal the names and extent to one of his most trusted cardinals? Or perhaps god is not a supporter of the catholics and is cleverly bringing down the rcc for the benefit of the jews or the coptics or the muslims or the hindus or the mormons or t…

      Classy bit of atheistical fundamentalism from Pi…not

  4. No answer and it was sent nearly a month ago. Do the RCC still use trained runners carrying the mail in a cleft stick?

    What these poor CW’s are asking for contradicts the instinct of their superiors too categorically to have any hope of success. It was the instinct to secrecy that prompted Ratzinger’s letter to the Bishops (Robertson, pp. 199, 200) in 2001.

    He, the cardinals and the bishops are in possession of the facts. The % involved within the church is quite probably higher than the CW’s imagine with ‘clemency’ for abusers having been sewn into the vestments of the church’s self-deceit for centuries ; the seminaries are increasingly unable to recruit ; any action on their six recommendations would imply criticism of Ratzinger’s policies up to now ; the church’s power base in the first world, of financial and legislative support, would likely be decimated and move to South America, Africa and points east.

    Whatever happened to the allegations that the Vatican Bank (or its associates, or both) were laundering money for the Mafia? I must have missed the case.

    If the RCC fails does Italy get the Vatican Treasury?

    Q: How do you wind up a church?

    A: Insert the key in the Divine Office….
    ,
    and call Price-Waterhouse.

  5. It will be interesting to see how Pope Francis responds to the Catholic Whistleblowers’ letter of last month. The Vatican does not move quickly, maybe a little faster than glacierlike, so the Whistleblowers should not expect an acknowledgement for a few months, let alone any action being taken. Discerning the will of God takes time, you know! Besides, it is contrary to the hierarchical protocol, indeed it is quite improper, for inferiors to be in any way offering their divinely appointed superiors unsolicited advice on what needs to be done. But how the Pope responds to the Whistleblowers will, I suspect, be an uncommonly good indicator of his own mind and heart, and of his ability to manage the Curia. These Whistleblowers are courageous people.

  6. They are old enough to have been part of the coverup for decades. They are seeing the writing on the wall. If they don’t clean house the whole church will fall. If their motive were helping kids they would have spoken up years ago. They are just trying to protect their jobs.

  7. I applaud those priest for publicly speaking out and I wish them the best of luck but I don’t expect much to come from this.

    Those priests are well meaning IMO but they will be ousted from the catholic church in a New York minute if they try to rock the boat that way. I can’t help thinking that if they really thought this through, they would rip out their collars, strip away the dress and distance themselves from this morally bankrupt institution.

    I’ve seen it several times here in Quebec. Many priests openly criticize the RCC but remain in the church because they don’t want to lose their “free lunch” (food and lodge) and actually have to work for a living. We’ll what those priest are REALLY made of when they are threatened of excommunication by the “benevolent” pope Francois.

  8. Finally, you’ve got whistles. Give up the rest of that dogmashit and you might actually become human beings again. It kills me how these dregs can sleep at night, much less stand in front of a congregation and preach with a straight face. They should prosecute these worthless bastards until they’re as poor as I am.

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