More horrifying stories are emerging from the Altoona diocese. What needs to be kept in mind is that that area of Pennsylvania is perfectly ordinary and fairly conventional — it is no pit of depravity. It just happens to be a region where Catholic amorality is getting exposed.
“Father Francis McCaa was a monster,” the grand jury stated.
The investigation found 15 of his alleged victims, abused between 1961 and 1985.
“In some cases children tried to report their abuse to their parents … but were not believed … the grand jury aches at hearing the hopelessness these victims felt when being offended on by a pastor they were taught to respect and honor,” the report says. Some parents punished their children for accusing the “friendly” monsignor, the report says, though at one point the bishop at the time, James Hogan, was confronted by a group of “outraged parents” and promised action.
Hogan met with district attorney Gerald Long and assistant DA Patrick Kiniry, both now serving as judges in the area, the report says, though no charges were brought.
McCaa was removed from the diocese and replaced with a priest who is also named in the report as a pedophile.
McCaa retired in 1993 and died in 2007.
I guess he’s in heaven now. I wouldn’t be surprised if St Peter is in on the coverup.