FAIRFAX, Va. (ChurchMilitant.com) - A McCarrick victim who came forward has launched a GoFundMe to help other victims do the same.
James Grein, 61, who told his story of now-laicized Theodore McCarrick's abuse to The New York Times in July, has launched a GoFundMe campaign to encourage and assist other victims to come forward with their stories of clergy sexual abuse.
Grein knows the deep emotional pain, fear and intimidation victims suffer. He knows that many abused victims do not think anybody would care, take action or help them in any way.
He has also had many priests ask him for help, and he knows that credible victims must come forward to rid the Church of these predominantly homosexual predators and pederasts.
This is why Grein launched a GoFundMe campaign on April 25, 2019 — to provide a small financial safety net and network for victims to come forward without fear.
"Francis gave us whistleblower protection — use this to help them," he said.
"I open this GoFundMe page for them when they need to run for protection," he added.
Church Militant sat down with Grein to discuss McCarrick, the recent report of the U.S. bishops sending $750k to the LGBT-promoting Ignatian Network and the GoFundMe campaign.
Grein talked about those bishops and clergy who are trying to change immutable Church teachings on homosexual practices.
"You cannot be fruitful and multiply if you are in a gay union," he said. "If they change that, they are saying that Jesus is lying."
Grein also talked about McCarrick and the GoFundMe campaign.
His therapist told him that helping others is the best way to heal. Taking this advice to heart, this GoFundMe campaign is the next step in Grein's desire to help others.
In November, Grein spoke at the Silence Stops Now rally in Baltimore, covering much of what the campaign was about.
"It has taken too long for victims to come forward because there is no place for their claims to be heard," said Grein.
"More than 130 bishops, nearly one-third of those still living, have been accused of failing to adequately respond to sexual misconduct claims," he added. "So, as I once said, "Why bother? No one would believe me."
"Well, now it's time to bother," Grein added.
Every morning, he arises, kneels and turns his life and will to the care of Jesus Christ, in whom he has tremendous faith.
"Jesus' law is much higher than pontifical secrets. It's not Francis' Church; it's Jesus Christ's Church," Grein said at the rally.
"We have come upon a great historical, holy gift, a chance to expose, to punish and to finally rid Jesus' Church of the great evil," he added.
Beginning when Grein was 11 years old, McCarrick, who was a religious authority at the time, abused Grein for 18 years.
Grein recounted that he was McCarrick's trophy boy who was forced to serve McCarrick's devious and changing moods.
The last time the two saw one another in person was at the funeral of Grein's mother, where Grein told McCarrick that he was about to come forward to expose McCarrick for his sexually deviant misdeeds.
Grein reports that McCarrick responded by saying, "Go ahead and try; no one will ever believe you. I am the most powerful man in the U.S.A., if not the world."
"I will crush you in the media, and if that isn't enough, I have friends who can help me," McCarrick added.
No stranger to clergy sexual abuse, cover-ups, threats and unjust treatment, Fr. Paul Kalchik was one of the first people to donate to Grein's GoFundMe campaign.
"James, although he has suffered a lot as a result of abuse, is one courageous man! I, as a man and a priest, am willing to commit as much money as I can to bring down the corrupt and maligned power structures of the Roman Catholic Church which fostered and promoted McCarrick and like," Kalchik said.
"May God bless James for his courage and for his faith — Reverend Paul John Kalchik, hiding from Cardinal Cupich, but not out of commission," he added.
As of press time, the GoFundMe campaign to encourage and assist credible victims to come forward has raised $1,250 of its $105,000 goal.