Time for the Feds?

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by Rodney Pelletier  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  April 18, 2019   

Michael Hichborn of The Lepanto Institute weighs in on corruption among Church leaders

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To many people, the Catholic Church in America is a morally corrupt and perverted institution, and now the U.S. government may have to step in.

After the initial outing of the sex abuse scandal in 2002 by The Boston Globe, U.S. Catholic bishops claimed it was a problem of the past and said the issue was being handled.

But now, nearly 20 years later, a host of state attorneys general are investigating U.S. dioceses and archdioceses for the continued cover-up of sex abuse, and the problem seems worse than ever.

In August 2018, a heavily redacted 1,000-page grand jury report was released. Grand jurors spent two years combing through thousands of sex abuse accounts outing more than 300 priests credibly accused of sex abuse.

Six Pennsylvania dioceses were included in the report: Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton. These weren't abuse cases the Church simply overlooked, they were abuse cases diocesan officials knew about — some for decades.

By October, only two months after the grand jury report, a total of 13 states had ongoing investigations. Authorities in Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York and Vermont began investigations into the dioceses in their states.

What they have been finding is an ongoing pattern of cover-up and a continuation of sex abuse in dioceses across the country.

In December, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced at least 500 additional cases of priestly sex abuse the state's bishops didn't report, bringing the number of accused clergy in Illinois' six dioceses to nearly 700.

Despite claims of zero tolerance, Pope Francis has shown support for priest sex abusers, even to the point of condemning victims and demonizing critics.

In fact, some are claiming Pope Francis has lost credibility after reports revealed he received a letter from a Chilean sex abuse victim asking for help in 2015.

Despite the massive outcry by faithful Catholics, for three years, Pope Francis stood by Chilean bishop Juan Barros Madrid — an alleged homosexual lover and accomplice of homosexual pederast Fr. Fernando Karadima.

The Pontiff denied ever hearing from any abuse victims, but in February 2018, Boston's Cdl. Sean O'Malley — one of the Pope's close advisorsadmitted that Pope Francis did indeed receive a letter from victim Juan Carlos Cruz in 2015 detailing the abuse he suffered and that he placed the letter himself directly in the Holy Father's hands. The Pope was forced to apologize and admit he'd made a mistake.

But neither Pope Francis nor the Vatican bureaucracy seem eager to assist victims of sex abuse.

In November at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' semi-annual meeting in Baltimore, the subject of clerical sex abuse was at the forefront of the bishops' discussion with many wanting to establish stronger policies to address sex abuse.

But in a surprise move, it was revealed that Pope Francis demanded that U.S. bishops abstain from making any resolutions, waiting instead for the February sex abuse summit which came and went without anything really being accomplished. In fact, journalists and critics called it a "dog and pony" show.

Despite calls for reform on both sides of the Atlantic, there's no real interest in addressing the crisis of homosexual priests. It reveals just how powerful the gay lobby is entrenched in chanceries across North America and in the Vatican itself.

Unfortunately, it appears the more sex abuse is exposed, the more deeply involved bishops are, even if they aren't direct perpetrators.

Federal investigators have told Church Militant they've never witnessed the level of corruption they've seen in the leadership of the Catholic Church, and these are men who've spent years investigating the mafia, the mob and criminal gangs.

It's becoming painfully obvious that the bishops are largely unwilling to fix the problem they continue to perpetuate. At some point, the federal government will have to step in to save Catholics from traitorous bishops.

To hear more about what the laity can do about the bishops' inaction watch this week's episode of Mic'd Up—What Can We Do? with Michael Hichborn of The Lepanto Institute.

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