Hiring a Catholic ex-priest was only one of many stupid decisions

Ha-ha, you fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders, the most famous of which is “Never get involved in a land war in Asia,” but only slightly less well known is “Never hire a Catholic priest as an advisor”! You should be especially leery of defrocked Catholic priests, because you know they had to have done something especially terrible to be chastised by the Vatican.

Donald Trump made this classic blunder, one among many.

Frank Pavone, a defrocked priest who was formerly a Catholic adviser to Donald Trump, is engulfed in a sex scandal that is rocking the anti-abortion movement.

Pavone, 64, is the director of Priests for Life, a non-profit that funnels millions of dollars a year into the anti-abortion movement.

He is also an outspoken activist whose political activities have brought him into repeated conflict with the Catholic Church. In December 2022, he was defrocked by the Vatican after repeated clashes with his bishop over his use of social media to advocate conservative political causes.

Now, at least four different women have accused Pavone of sexual misconduct according to reporting by The Pillar. Pavone and Priests for Life have strongly denied the accusations.

Another classic blunder: you’ve got a rumored harasser in your organization, so put him in charge of the sexual-harassment committee!

“Priests for Life had an excellent sexual harassment policy on the books. But they had no human resource department and their sexual-harassment committee reported to, and was headed by, Frank Pavone. So it was neither safe nor independent,” Imbarrato says. “I went directly to the board and demanded a safe and confidential, independent sexual harassment committee that reported to the board directly.”

It should be totally unsurprising that a guy who loved to put up posters of bloody fetuses would be a creep in his personal interactions with women.


  1. gijoel says

    I’ll give it a week before he’s revealed to have paid for an abortion for one of his mistresses.

  2. wzrd1 says

    What blunder? Trump stated quite clearly how he felt entitled to self-police and enforce no laws upon himself or his office, which can, as a chosen one, do no wrong.
    After all, he was also one to walk through the dressing room at his beauty pageant and thought that was an inalienable right due to ownership.
    That’s not a bug, it’s a feature due to seniority.

  3. Matt G says

    We carefully examined your sexual harassment complaint, and have determined conclusively that I did nothing wrong.

  4. says

    I was going to wonder aloud what would be bad enough to get a catholic priest defrocked – perhaps cannibalism? But then I remembered that eating their god’s flesh is part of their ritual.

  5. says

    They’ll need to re-brand. Ex-Priests For Life sounds like just the ticket.
    Sort of like the Ex-Police on Saturday Night Live.
    “Call a priest!”
    “It’s OK. The Ex-Priests are here.”
    “We were defrocked a few months ago.”

  6. Erp says

    He wasn’t defrocked yet when Trump had him as an advisor. However what got him defrocked was repeatedly refusing to obey his bishop (and lying about it) and posting a picture of a dead fetus on an altar.

  7. Larry says

    No surprise here. Anyone, and I mean that literally, anyone who has a personal or business association with TFG is inherently vile and/or corrupt. Whether that way before meeting TFG or becoming that way after, in the final analysis, it doesn’t matter. He’s like the Pied Piper of Corruption, drawing all the rats under his spell.

  8. birgerjohansson says

    I am surprised the accusations are merely about “sexual misconduct”. Given his background and activism I had expected someting as bad as the convicted film guy, or necrophilia, or both.

  9. birgerjohansson says

    The president of Mexico has published a photo of what he claims is a Mayan elf.
    I am just putting it out there. USA is not the only weird place with weird beliefs.

  10. Stjepan Pejic says

    “Night of the Iguana” is over 50 years old. You’d think people would have learned about hiring ex-Catholic priests by now.

  11. gijoel says

    @ERP Jesus fucking Christ, he buried an aborted fetus and then dug it up again to film it. FUUUCCKKKK!

  12. birgerjohansson says

    Maybe he is one of those tall scary things in Dark City that likes to recycle human corpses?