Catholic priest guilty in court.

Recently we hit a landmark: for the first time a Catholic priest was convicted of keeping information about child rape from authorities.

Catholics like Ted Seeber, who realize the immorality of shielding child rapists while inexplicably remaining supporters of the Catholic church, will ironically take this as proof that the Catholic church cooperates with the police to make sure the rapists within their ranks get persecuted rather than proof that the church protects complicit priests from persecution.

Of course, the religious figure will scarcely suffer even an inconvenience.

Judge John Torrence immediately sentenced Finn to two years’ of probation, then suspended the imposition of the sentence. That means that if Finn finishes the probation without incident and completes nine steps as part of his sentence, the bishop’s criminal record will be expunged.

Finn had faced a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $1,000 fine on each charge. The diocese had faced a fine of up to $5,000 on each of its two counts if convicted.

And the Catholic church, which claims the deeds to morality, sure isn’t going to kick out the man who protected the child rapist and the church sooner than the victim.

Finn currently serves on the Administrative and the Priorities and Plans Committees for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He is chairman of the Bishop’s Task Force on the Life and Dignity of the Human Person.

But the church is deeply concerned about the problem of people who’d protect child rapists, and they’re going to root them out.

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.

  • Joe

    “He is chairman of the Bishop’s Task Force on the Life and Dignity of the Human Person.”

    You keep using those words. I do not they mean what you think they mean.

    • Joe

      Oops, I accidentally a “think”.

      • invivoMark

        That’s okay, so did they.

        • Drakk

          You. I like you.

          • Baal

            I tend to drop words when I write and had to re-read the original comment 5 times to see where the ‘think’ got dropped.

    • Loqi

      To the Catholic Church, life begins at conception and ends at birth. Ergo, there was no crime here.

      • sqlrob

        It just means the crime was necrophilia

  • pagansister

    That was punishment? Really? That was a joke!

  • edwin

    But the church is deeply concerned about the problem of people who’d protect child rapists, and they’re going to root them out.
    Thats all well and good but what about the persons who are doing the raping? Where are their trials and sentences?

    • Envy Burger

      Doing the raping? Are you kidding me? The only thing going on here is that evil children are seducing these poor, innocent priests and “The Church” is doing everything in their power to shelter and soothe these abused men.

      :\

      Oh, and “The Church” isn’t doing anything to root out the child-rapist or their protectors :) (except, of course, conducting extremely accurate and scientifically up-to-date tests to root out homosexuals applying for seminary – because they KNOW for SUPER SERIAL FACT that only gays rape children). It was painful perseverance and blind luck that allowed prosecutors to get this far in court with him. Or something.

  • humanbeing

    Steal from a bank get life, steal the rest of a life of a child, smack on the hand.
    I will start a petition to see if we cant get these wicked men put away from our Society.

  • NakedAnthropologist

    “He is chairman of the Bishop’s Task Force on the Life and Dignity of the Human Person.”

    My irony meter just exploded here. “Life and Dignity of the Human Person”?! Really. Jesus tap-dancing christ I really really really fucking hate the fucking Catholic Church. <okay, i'm done – i just had to vent a little)


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X