Skip to comments.Files Show Chicago Archdiocese Hid Decades Of Child Sex Abuse
Posted on 01/21/2014 11:02:18 AM PST by Gamecock
After a 13-year-old boy reported in 1979 that a priest raped and threatened him at gunpoint to keep quiet, the Archdiocese of Chicago assured the boys parents that, although the cleric avoided prosecution, he would receive treatment and have no further contact with minors.
But the Rev. William Cloutier, who already had been accused of molesting other children, was returned to ministry a year later and went on to abuse again before he resigned in 1993, two years after the boys parents filed a lawsuit.
Officials took no action against Cloutier over his earliest transgressions because he sounded repentant, according to internal archdiocese documents released Tuesday.....
(Excerpt) Read more at chicago.cbslocal.com ...
I think during that time these types of crimes were largely being covered up. I certainly dont remember hearing about any of them.
During the 1970s and into the early 80s, the “treatment” for the abusers of minors was not jail, but to send them off for “counseling” or some sort of vaguely defined therapy. This was true not only in the Church, but in society as a whole. They appear to have done that in many of theses cases, and then just taken the therapist’s word that the offender was cured and reassigned him.
That’s not a defense, but it’s something that must be kept in mind. However, that said, Bernardin was one of the most liberal and gay friendly bishops of a bad lot. He did tremendous damage to the Church because he was very powerful and also politically connected and beloved of the press.
Yes under civil and criminal law they should be held to the same standard. Under canon law they still have rights to due process and when found guilty discipline that both punishes the priest and protects the public should be meted out.
“Bernardin was one of the most liberal and gay friendly bishops of a bad lot.”
You are exactly right. Bernardin was idolized by the press, and was very liberal. His grave is not very far from where I live, located in a Catholic cemetary west of Chicago.
Not speaking of a judicial standard. But a worldly standard.
“This was true not only in the Church, but in society as a whole. They appear to have done that in many of theses cases, and then just taken the therapists word that the offender was cured and reassigned him.”
That’s right; civil law treated the perverts the same way. I read Cardinal Law’s deposition from Boston, and he had a “doctor’s note” for every freak they sent back into ministry. Back in the day that was sufficient; now we know better. In my town they have “civilly committed” sex offenders; they have served their time but can’t be released because their shrinks say they’ll do it again...
“The Roman Catholic Church and secular organizations should be held to the same standard.”
Okay, as long as we get to bring Protestants and “secular organizations” before inquisition trials - I’m all for it. Always be careful what you wish for.
Chicago.....produces a LOTTA ROT....sheesh.
If a Protestant church does that they are just as culpable.
Below is an excerpt from Paul Likoudis' book AmChurch Comes Out regarding the Bernardin saga. (Likoudis is news editor of The Wanderer, a Catholic newspaper.)
More importantly where is his soul?
Wanna take a guess?
I’m not judging, just saying.
Isn’t that the point, that the Catholic church was covering up these crimes during over those decades?
What’s most appalling is HOW LONG it took the church to deal with this issue and to finally QUIT covering up these events. The willful blindness was astounding. How could a world-wide, extremely well funded, politically powerful institution of “high moral authority” possibly be so bizarrely disconnected from reality??
Sure thats the point of the article. My point is that society in general was covering these crimes up during those times.
At least I don’t ever remember hearing about them growing up.
No. The point is that the Catholic Church was committing those crimes, as is plainly obvious.
Nobody “covered it up”; the reports trickled for decades until there was a need for mass attack by the MSM creating the impression of some major “cover up.”
BTW, the “children” involved were mostly boys: 90%+.
MSM disclose or cover up things to manipulate public opinion. It’s very effective.
All rapists should be held to the same standard, wherever they are found. Did the parents call the police, or did they remain silent because a priest was the guilty party? In the case of one pervert priest that I am aware of, the father of the victim agreed to keep quiet, as long as the priest agreed to get help for his “problem”. This silence on the part of the victim’s family put others at risk.