Last August, a young boy told the police that a Roman Catholic priest, Father Daniel McCormack, had groped him after Mass at St. Agatha Catholic Church, a West Side parish. Yet, Cardinal Francis George, the head of the Chicago Archdiocese, did not remove McCormack.
Officials at the Chicago Archdiocese were told of the claim by prosecutors, but no criminal charges were brought at the time, and McCormack, was kept on as pastor at the church and as basketball coach at the parish school.
In recent weeks, Father McCormack was arrested and charged with abusing the boy and two other young boys -- at least one of them, the boy's lawyer says, in the months since August. The charges have set off a storm of new concerns that the Roman Catholic Church in America has not done enough to address the problems of sexual abuse by priests despite years of a roiling scandal.
Jeff Anderson, a lawyer from St. Paul who is representing one of the three boys, said Cardinal George's decision remained deeply disturbing.
"What this really demonstrates is that the policies and promises that the bishops promulgated in 2002 were really just words," he said. "They were just public relations."
Well, what can you expect from a Vatican that cares more about their stupid and offensive war on honorable gay priests than stopping child molesters? The Vatican can't get its priests straight, so it can start with its priorites.
One of its priorities is to apply the same treatment to its straight clergy and prelates who philander or who molest young underage females to make it fair and just. Its about time the church came clean and did the right thing by dealing with molesters of both sexes, not protect or hide them. It seems that the church, among others, equates pedophilia entirely with homosexuality. We are always the scapegoats for the church's ills.
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