If you think the Catholic Church doesn’t have a massive problem with priests molesting children, take a look at this document from the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, New Mexico listing 74 who have been convicted of raping children either by the church, the state or both.
The letter expresses great sadness and sorrow, of course, but that is of little comfort to the hundreds of children who were raped. And it turns out that one reason this diocese had so many was because they were the ones who treated and counseled priests that were known child rapists.
The Archdiocese of Santa Fe and the Servants were the target of dozens of lawsuits in the 1980s and ’90s alleging that priests were molesting children. Many alleged those pedophile priests came to New Mexico for treatment by the Servants of the Paraclete.
However, many of those priests were later assigned to parishes across New Mexico and Arizona where they continued to abuse children, according to various lawsuits.
In the 1970s, the Servants introduced professional therapy, and gradually the facility treated an increasing number of priestly molesters.
But bishops and religious superiors returned many priests to active ministry against the advice of therapists.
Hey, the holy spirit said they were fine, and the holy spirit is never wrong. I mean, they really prayed hard about it before they unleashed those priests to go rape more children and that was the answer they (think they) got. I bet they even fondled their rosaries while they did it, which makes the connection to God much stronger. Or something. Who are you to question God?