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Stephen Brady, founder and president of activist group Roman Catholic Faithful (RCF), is continuing his push to root out Church corruption.
Speaking with Church Militant on Tuesday, Brady described the clerical sex abuse crisis as rooted largely in homosexuality and faulted bishops for their decades of silence on sexual sin, calling them out for fearing man more than they do God.
Recounting RCF's beginning, Brady explained he launched the group to expose sexual and liturgical abuses among the clergy.
Brady was instrumental in exposing Bp. Daniel Ryan of Springfield, Illinois as a sexual predator of teenage boys. He notes that Ryan was known as a sexual predator while still a priest in Joliet — well before being appointed to head the Springfield diocese.
Brady explained that he is devoting the majority of his efforts trying to uncover corruption in the archdiocese of Chicago, which he's described as a nexus of sexual and financial corruption.
Illustrating Chicago's influence on Springfield, Brady told Church Militant last year:
Bishop Ryan was known as a sexual abuser when he was a priest at Joliet before he was ever sent to Springfield. So here comes the hierarchical end of it. When you're promoted to the rank of bishop, a morality report has to be sent in to the papal nuncio. People have to verify your moral standing. He was publicly known as an alcoholic — I mean, that can happen to anybody, but you don't belong being a bishop if you've got an alcohol problem. He was publicly known as a predatory homosexual back in Joliet when he was chancellor. So that just showed us back then how corrupt the hierarchy already was, and it all stemmed from Chicago and their influence on the entire country.
Brady described the Church as having become "a billion-dollar money laundering operation," noting that financial corruption has accompanied sexual sin.
Watch the panel discuss Roman Catholic Faithful's fight in The Download—Confronting Church Corruption.
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