Tell me again, please, how very concerned the Church is over the harm done to children by priests. Tell me again how moving an abusing priest from one parish to another works for that protection of children. Explain the lag time from receiving evidence to handing that evidence to civil authorities.
According to The Kansas City Star article by Glenn E. Rice a priest of the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese, Shawn Francis Ratigan, enjoyed the protection of the diocese for months after pornographic images were discovered by a computer tech. The repair tech did the right thing, but the diocese stayed the course of concealment and protection of the priest.
Granted, innocent until proved guilty is on the table, but the evidence against Ratigan was strong and it was the priest being protected from the police rather than the children being protected from Ratigan.
The Diocese is ‘profoundly saddened’. About what? About children damaged by a man ordained to follow Jesus? About the clay feet of their stand against pornography? About the institutional protection offered Ratigan is the form of a private priest residence surrounded by the Sisters for whom he continued to say Mass?
Ratigan continued to say Mass, the supreme sacrament of the Catholic Church during which the church believes that the priest changes bread and wine into the body and blood of Jesus. Soiled hands and soiled mind worked that miracle every day under the protection of the church.
Once, many blogs ago, Mark commented about the fires of hell for abusers and for those involved in the continuing cover-up. My guess is that Mark believes that hell in an invention designed to create fear in the followers of the inventors.
Wednesday the Kansas City Star reports on the results of a study as to why priests sexually abuse children. (May 18, 2011)
Friday the Kansas city Star reports on a local priest accused of sexual abuse of children. (May 20, 2011)
And the beat goes on.