The priest raped the kid, but he had no choice! The priest, not the kid.

This pretty much sums up why the Catholic church is evil (you hear that, Bill Donohue?)

A priest who assisted Monsignor William Lynn investigate clergy sex abuse claims testified Tuesday that it was not the archdiocese’s policy to contact law enforcement or other victims of abuse.

“Our legal counsel said there was not a requirement to report,” Monsignor Michael McCulken told jurors.

Hi!  We’re the Catholic church and we have supreme moral authority!  It’s also not our job to report child rapists to the police.

Defrocked priest Edward Avery was due to also go on trial with Brennan and Lynn, but pleaded guilty in March to involuntary sexual deviate sexual intercourse after admitting to sexually assaulting a 10-year-old altar boy during the 1998-1999 school year at St. Jerome Parish.

Involuntary?  Involuntary?  What, did the 10 year-old pin down the priest and demand to be raped?

If not for religion, where would these people get their morals, amirite?

Also taking the witness stand was Monsignor William Beisel, who was Lynn’s assistant from 1993-1994. Beisel and Lynn drafted an infamous list of 35 priests suspected of sexually abusing children

Beisel told jurors that he and Lynn reviewed the files of priests accused of sexual misconduct to draft the list.

“We did this after 5 o’clock. It seemed like forever, but took about two weeks,” he said. “I was happy the project was over.”

The list was later found inside a locked safe that was drilled open in 2006. Still, the list of 35 Catholic priests accused or found guilty of sexual misconduct, plus a memo ordering the shredding of the list of priests plus other personnel documents, did not come to light until February.

Although Beisel remembered penning the list, he confirmed for jurors that he told the grand jury in 2004, “I don’t recall seeing a priest that was guilty of sexual misconduct.”

Included on the list was defrocked priest Avery, categorized as “guilty of sexual misconduct with a minor.”

Allegiance to rapists rather than their victims, and we’re to believe not only that these people have a shred of moral integrity, but that they get to lecture we immoral atheists on our sins.  No respect for these people.  No respect for religion, only for compassion.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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