Pennsylvania Releases Abuse Report

Reuters – “Pennsylvania report details decades of sexual abuse by priests.” The lede: “Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania sexually abused thousands of children over a 70-year period and silenced victims through “the weaponization of faith” and a systematic cover-up campaign by their bishops.” Reuters neglects to add that during this time, the Catholic Church consistently lied about it – from the Pope on down.

Strangely, Reuters did not include a link to the report. The PDF for the 1350 page report is too big to updload, but here's a link courtesy of NPR. While the Reuters article highlights some of the atrocities, it omits perhaps the most significant atrocity which is discussed in the Introduction. The Attorney General called in the FBI, who said it was a textbook case:

Special agents testified before us that they had identified a series of practices that regularly appeared, in various configurations, in the diocesan files they had analyzed. It's like a playbook for concealing the truth:

 

First, make sure to use euphemisms rather than real words to describe the sexual assaults in diocese documents. Never say "rape"; say "inappropriate contact" or "boundary issues."

 

Second, don't conduct genuine investigations with properly trained personnel. Instead, assign fellow clergy members to ask inadequate questions and then make credibility determinations about the colleagues with whom they live and work.

 

Third, for an appearance of integrity, send priests for "evaluation" at church -run psychiatric treatment centers. Allow these experts to "diagnose" whether the priest was a pedophile, based largely on the priest's "self -reports," and regardless of whether the priest had actually engaged in sexual contact with a child.

 

Fourth, when a priest does have to be removed, don't say why. Tell his parishioners that he is on "sick leave," or suffering from "nervous exhaustion." Or say nothing at all.

 

Fifth, even if a priest is raping children, keep providing him housing and living expenses, although he may be using these resources to facilitate more sexual assaults.

 

Sixth, if a predator's conduct becomes known to the community, don't remove him from the priesthood to ensure that no more children will be victimized. Instead, transfer him to a new location where no one will know he is a child abuser.

 

Finally and above all, don't tell the police. Child sexual abuse, even short of actual penetration, is and has for all relevant times been a crime. But don't treat it that way; handle it like a personnel matter, "in house."

While the FBI mentions transferring pederast priests in item 6, after crimes 'become known to the community,' this deserves higher priority. Transferring pederast priests is an early response to charges, and is generally done long before the crimes are publicly known. The goal is to ensure that such crimes are never publicly known.

This is an international criminal conspiracy. Virtually no one is willing to say that – and absolutely no one with any authority. Maybe if someone convinced Trump it’s the path to re-election…

 

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