I wonder what the Catholic League has to say about the Catholic pedophile ring in Pennsylvania?

Here we go again. As announced by Pennsylvania State Attorney General Josh Shapiro, a grand jury has released a report on the child-raping pedophiles employed by the Catholic church as priests.

The nearly 1,400-page report’s introduction makes clear that few criminal cases may result from the massive investigation.

“As a consequence of the coverup, almost every instance of abuse we found is too old to be prosecuted,” it reads.

“We subpoenaed, and reviewed, half a million pages of internal diocesan documents. They contained credible allegations against over three hundred predator priests. Over one thousand child victims were identifiable, from the church’s own records. We believe that the real number — of children whose records were lost, or who were afraid ever to come forward — is in the thousands.”

Some details and names that might reveal the clergy listed have been redacted from the report. Legal challenges by clergy delayed the report’s release, after some said it is a violation of their constitutional rights. Shapiro said they will work to remove every redaction.

It’s indefensible, but then…the actions of the Catholic church have always been repellent and indefensible, but they just keep on keepin’ on. So I got to wondering what that ardent and reactionary defender of the Holy Mother Church, Bill Donohue, had to say. Easy: it’s a conspiracy.

So if no one can be prosecuted, and there is no investigation of the clergy from other religions, to say nothing of the widespread sexual abuse of minors in the public schools, why is Shapiro presiding over the grand jury report on priests? It’s not exactly hard to figure out: he wants to stick it to the Catholic Church.

The goal is obvious: the release of the most graphic accounts of molestation is being done to embarrass the Church. Why? So it will weaken its moral authority. That is what Salacious Shapiro wants to do.

Donohue has two excuses. The first is that other religions are doing it, and they’re getting away with it, so why pick on the Catholic church? I think most of us learned by kindergarten that somebody else doing a bad thing doesn’t mean you get to do it, too. This part is basically an admission that there are child-rapers in the Catholic clergy, it’s just that it’s unfair to only pick on Catholics.

But then his second excuse is that releasing stories of child molestation weakens the moral authority of the Church. I hate to tell you this, Bill, but it’s not the public exposure of moral corruption with the church that discredits it, it’s the acts of corruption themselves that do that.

I also don’t think the report is intended to stick it to the Catholic Church. There’s a simpler motivation. The Attorney General would like priests to stop raping children, for the Catholic Church to stop enabling them, and for the Church to stop its criminal efforts to hide the facts of heinous crimes.


  1. Azkyroth, B*Cos[F(u)]==Y says

    Statutes of limitations for child sexual abuse need to be categorically eliminated.

  2. blf says

    Statutes of limitations for child sexual abuse need to be categorically eliminated.

    That is apparently one of the Grand Jury’s recommendations, More than 300 Pennsylvania priests committed sexual abuse over decades:

    Priests harmed more than 1,000 children according to a grand jury report released by the state supreme court
    The report said “almost every instance of abuse” was too old to be prosecuted, though two priests were identified and charged because of the report, including one who sexually assaulted two children monthly for several years until 2010.


    The grand jury said it was able to identify more than 1,000 mostly male child victims, but expected there were thousands more because of lost records and victims who have not come forward.


    In addition to providing hundreds of pages detailing abuse by priests and how the church covered up such cases, the grand jury issued recommendations for how laws should now change. Their recommendations included eliminating criminal statute of limitations for sexually abusing children and expanding the pool of people who can make civil claims against the church.

    Because the priests had largely escaped public accountability and in some cases were promoted, the report said: “Until that changes, we think it is too early to close the book on the Catholic church sex scandal.”

  3. says

    One disturbing thing about that report is that the catholics did a pretty good job of running out the clock on the perpertrators. “Oh Bishop Blimp has gone to meet his maker – nothing to prosecute, let’s just total up his crimes and say bygones be bygones.” They ought to be bankrupted with lawsuits but the leadership don’t care about that, either: kick the can down the road abd let the next generation deal with it. A ponzi scheme for liability.

  4. blf says

    And as a reminder, Pennsylvania isn’t the only place currently trying to bring the cult to justice, Chile police raid Catholic church HQ in sex abuse investigation:

    Chilean authorities have raided the headquarters of the Catholic church’s Episcopal Conference as part of a widespread investigation into sex abuse committed by members of the Marist Brothers order, prosecutors said.

    The raid by investigating prosecutors and Chile’s equivalent of the FBI took place at one of the most important buildings of the Chilean church in the capital, Santiago. Prosecutor Raul Guzmán, who confirmed the raid, is investigating more than 35 accusations of abuse committed against former students at schools run by the Marists, who are religious brothers, not priests.

    “The impunity of the Chilean hierarchy has ended. In Chile, we’re seeing what happens when the Catholic church is treated as an ordinary corporate citizen,” said Anne Barrett Doyle of the online abuse database BishopAccountability.org.

    “Prosecutors in Chile have raised the bar for civil authorities in other countries. The children of Chile will be safer, survivors more likely to find justice, and the church ultimately stronger.”

    A “stronger” cult is not desirable !

    The Marists operate in dozens of countries around the world. The scandal in Chile came to light in August 2017, when the order revealed that at least 14 minors were abused from the 1970s until 2008 by Abel Pérez, a brother who worked at two of the order’s schools. Then it acknowledged that another Marist sexually abused five students.

    The Marists opened a canonical investigation and launched legal action against Pérez. But many Chileans were outraged when the order admitted that Pérez had confessed in 2010 — seven years earlier.


    Last week […] victims were disappointed when Francis said in a letter to the Chilean church’s Episcopal Conference that he was impressed by the reflection, discernment and decisions taken by bishops after they recently met to discuss the avalanche of scandals.

    Chilean prosecutors also recently summoned the archbishop of Santiago, Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, to appear in court and testify about the alleged cover-up of years of abuse.

    In May, 31 bishops offered their resignation to the pope. So far Francis has accepted the resignations of five.

    And in Ireland, Vatican has never co-operated with Irish inquiries into clerical child sex abuse:

    Church has pattern of withholding relevant documents from Irish State abuse inquiries
    Denial of access to church documents by Irish State inquiries, whether by accident or design, was to be an experience common to the Ferns inquiry, the Murphy inquiry (which investigated Dublin’s Catholic archdiocese) and the Cloyne inquiry.

    In May 2001, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict), contacted every Catholic bishop in the world, including then archbishop of Dublin Desmond Connell and then bishop of Cloyne John Magee.

    He directed them to send all clerical child sex abuse allegations “with a semblance of truth” to him. On foot of this and prior Vatican decisions the Murphy commission wrote to the CDF in September 2006 seeking co-operation.

    It got none. Instead the Vatican complained to Dublin that the commission had not used proper channels, ie it had not gone through the Department of Foreign Affairs.

    The Murphy commission, however, could not use the Irish State’s “proper channels” as it was also investigating this State’s handling of allegations, as would have been known in Rome.

    In February 2007, the commission wrote to the papal nuncio in Dublin asking for relevant documents. There was no reply. In early 2009 it again wrote to the nuncio, enclosing a draft of its report for comment. There was no reply.

    During its later investigations into Cloyne diocese it also wrote to the nuncio. This time the nuncio responded to say he was “unable to assist”.

    Neither the Murphy or Cloyne commissions were provided with documents sent to Rome in 2001 from both dioceses dealing with credible allegations of clerical child sexual abuse.

    Then there was the Ferns inquiry, set up in March 2003. In summer 2005 it had completed a draft report when a woman came forward alleging abuse by a priest of the diocese.

    The inquiry team had not heard of this priest and inquired of then administrator of the diocese Bishop Éamon Walsh whether there was anything in their files on him. There was, but it has not been handed over.

    A later trawl of diocesan documents found files on eight priest [sic] who may have been relevant to the inquiry had not been handed over. On further examination it was found that five of these were directly relevant to the inquiry terms of reference.

    That these files had not been handed over was described as a regrettable error on the part of the diocese….

    In January 2008, former archbishop of Dublin Cardinal Desmond Connell went to the High Court to prevent his successor, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, providing 5,586 documents to the Murphy commission which he (the cardinal) deemed confidential to him personally. […]

  5. says

    If Donahue has evidence of non-Catholic clergy engaged in abusing kids I’m sure relevant legal authorities will be happy to have it. He also might want to pay attention a bit more, as we regularly see reports of Protestant preachers arrested for sexual abuse.

  6. microraptor says

    The difference that Protestant preachers don’t have a huge network that will help them keep things from coming out until after the statute of limitations has expired.

  7. says

    The goal is obvious: the release of the most graphic accounts of molestation is being done to embarrass the Church. Why? So it will weaken its moral authority.

    So… Donohue admits that there is information proving that the Catholic church is being granted more moral authority than it deserves?

    Why wouldn’t the reduction of the church’s moral authority be appropriate, then? I mean, sure, you would also want other churches’ moral authority to be reduced, but I’m okay with that. Release all the records so that each church has exactly the moral authority it deserves.

  8. whheydt says

    Strikes me that this report ought to lead to a RICO case against the Catholic Church as an ongoing criminal organization.

  9. gijoel says

    I hate to tell you this, Bill, but it’s not the public exposure of moral corruption with the church that discredits it, it’s the acts of corruption themselves that do that.

    Too fucking right.

  10. chrislawson says

    Any statute of limitations should start ticking only once the allegations have come to light, not when they were committed. And for things like child abuse, no time limit. The nature of the crime is that many victims will not present to authorities until years later. It should not be treated like a burglary.

  11. says

    So it will weaken its moral authority.

    Yeah, I mean, if your organisation has been found to have facilitated the massive rape of (mostly) boys over decades you may not have any moral authority to tell consenting men that they cannot fuck each other.

  12. says

    the real issue that taints the Church is not the fact that priest abused children – there are teachers who do that and doctors and social workers, bad apples may be found everwhere, and peoploe with tendency to harm children may be choosing professions that help them do that.

    But only religious organizations actively try to cover it up. To protect predators. To deny the victims justice.
    So every priest who saw, who knew, who heard about it and went to his superior instead to the police – is an accomplice.
    Every superior who didn’t went to the police – is an accomplice.
    Ever high ranking member of the church who was helping known pedophiles to avoid justice – is an accomplice.

    If there is an organization that works by their own rules, putting them above the laws of the nation they operate in – it is a mob.

    Cherry on top is the hypocrisy of the child raping gang to preach morality to others.

    Religious people like to talk about how religious people are morally superior, how religion is a spearhead of moral progress. Bullshit.
    Chile situation shows it clearly – even Francis, who seems to be so nice Pope and is given credit for shaking completely chilean hierarchy – tried to hush the story and THE PEOPLE of Chile forced him to react.

  13. demonax says

    This problem is profoundly theological and rests on a misunderstanding about the deity involved. Despite other statements the deity to whom the Holy Fathers pay allegiance is Priapus !well illustrated on Pompeiian frescoes. Once he is in the picture the whole Bisho-prick benediction become clear.

  14. markr1957 says

    The “someone else did X, so it’s okay to do Y” defense of Christians in all their cults is the same for all of them. The last resort of the deathbed contrition is what they all depend on to excuse being such assholes to everyone not in their particular cult.

  15. says


    From what I read on former fundamentalist blogs the Protestant churches do as much as they can to cover up, including discouraging victims from going to authorities.

  16. blf says

    When the hell has the Church ever had the moral high ground, anyway?

    When they had swords and armies at their disposal, and if you didn’t agree they were correct and righteous, or you otherwise annoyed them (including not paying enough or sending them your children), they tortured you (unless you had sword and armies of your own, in which case things got worse for everybody).

    Nowadays, they lack significant (control of) swords, armies, legal systems, and torture chambers, but continue to operate as-if what they say, or don’t say, must be correct and righteous. This could be a comedy show except for their wealth and lots of people behaving as-if the raping children cult still has their moralpower-mad “high ground”.

  17. John Morales says

    blf, now that’s snarky.

    Christians were a nice cult, back in the days of the Romans.

    (Nicer than the Zealots)

  18. methuseus says

    re the stronger Catholic church:
    In that quote the person was referring to removing rapists from the Catholic Church in order to make it stronger. I think we can all agree that that form of making the church stronger is a good thing.