More coverup in the Catholic Church for child rapists.

There’s a particular crime, let’s call it “protecting and abetting child rapists”, which most human beings (including those evil atheists) can immediately discern is a very, very bad thing.  However, the organization which claims to be a moral beacon to the world, the followers and leaders of which often insisting that one cannot be moral without submitting to the dictates of this organization, has a real problem with this crime.

Like an abusive husband who keeps telling us he only hit us out of love and he’ll never do it again, the Catholic Church keeps telling us they’re going to lock this problem down.  But then it happens again.

Six years ago, to avoid retrial on charges that he groped a teenage boy, the Rev. Michael Fugee entered a rehabilitation program, underwent counseling for sex offenders and signed a binding agreement that would dictate the remainder of his life as a Roman Catholic priest.

Fugee would not work in any position involving children, the agreement with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office states. He would have no affiliation with youth groups. He would not attend youth retreats. He would not hear the confessions of minors.

But Fugee has openly done all of those things for the past several years through an unofficial association with a Monmouth County church, St. Mary’s Parish in Colts Neck, The Star-Ledger found.

He has attended weekend youth retreats in Marlboro and on the shores of Lake Hopatcong in Mount Arlington, parishioners say. Fugee also has traveled with members of the St. Mary’s youth group on an annual pilgrimage to Canada. At all three locations, he has heard confessions from minors behind closed doors.

What’s more, he has done so with the approval of New Jersey’s highest-ranking Catholic official, Newark Archbishop John J. Myers.

And make no mistake: Fugee certainly violated an underage boy, even while believing in the morality-enabling scriptures of the Catholic faith.

Under questioning by police, Fugee confessed to touching the boy, acknowledging it was a “violation” and offering that it sexually excited him, a transcript of the confession shows. A jury convicted him two years later, and he was sentenced to five years’ probation.

In 2006, an appellate panel vacated the verdict, ruling that a portion of the confession — in which Fugee described himself as bisexual or homosexual — should have been withheld from jurors because they might have drawn “an unfounded association between homosexuality and pedophilia.”

The rest of the confession was not called into question.

However, the ironically-named Jim Goodness, who is the spokesperson for the Newark Archbishop, has identified the real victim in this case.

Goodness, speaking for the archdiocese, has characterized Fugee in the past as a victim in the case, and Myers has repeatedly drawn criticism from advocates for his handling of the priest’s case.

If we’d all just sympathize a little more with the convicted sex offender who wanted to keep working around kids, we’d probably see who the real victim is too.  It was out of sympathy for the poor fallen priest (wait, he didn’t fall, he was still serving in a position of moral authority) that the Archbishop had to ignore the law and let the man keep working around kids.

Catholics will read this and get all bent out of shape, as though bringing this type of thing up is a greater crime than covering it up.  Fuck you if you’re one of those Catholics.  You’re what’s wrong with the world.  If you were in the room when any of the gobs of child-raping priests were forcing themselves on children, you would’ve done everything in your power to stop it.  If you were in the room when your last pope decided to shuffle those priests around, enabling them to find fresh victims, you would’ve tried to stop it if you are at all decent or good.  Well, god was in the room, and did nothing.  It follows that the god you worship is neither decent or good, and even if he does exist you should stop worshiping him as though he were.

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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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