WTF? On Sunday Catholics attending Mass at a Louisiana church gave a priest accused of raping boys a standing ovation.
Father Gilbert Dutel received a standing ovation from his church despite new details being released about Dutel’s sexual abuse of children. Members of the St. Edmond’s Catholic Church cheered Dutel after he made a statement in which he denied the new accusations and reports of sexual abuse recently made public by Minnesota Public Radio.
The following is an excerpt from that statement:
“First, let me state emphatically that any alleged incident being reported that took place some 30 plus years ago is false. Let me assure you that I have not been a threat to young people in this parish or any other parish in which I have served as a priest or anywhere else. I regret deeply the embarrassment and heart-ache that all of this may have caused.”
While Father Dutel denies raping and sexually abusing children, his former superior says Dutel was “cured” of his desire to rape and molest young boys.
A report on pedophile priests released by Minnesota Public Radio last month included a never-before-published affidavit, which had been sealed by a federal judge in 1995. The document indicated that Father Gilbert Dutel “had been accused of coercing young adult men into having sex.”
According to an affidavit a victim recalled being abused by Father Dutel:
“Well, he would just put his arms around me and he was I guess trying to be consoling, kind of gentle and then he just started playing with me and he unzipped my pants. He performed oral sex on me.”
The victim, a 9-year-old boy at the time, said that he had around eight sexual encounters with Dutel in total.
In another sworn affidavit, Abbeville attorney Anthony Fontana said that in 1987 he started hearing “certain allegations” of Dutel having sexual relations with boys, and had a discussion with Bishop Harry Flynn of the Diocese of Lafayette.
Fontana said that after the allegation surfaced, Dutel was reassigned to another parish instead of being suspended. In the sworn statement, Fontana said:
“When I complained to Bishop Flynn about the failure to remove Father Dutel and the need to protect parishioners from him, Bishop Flynn justified his action on the basis of the drastic shortage of priests that the diocese was facing and the fact that he was told that Father Dutel was cured.”
The Minnesota Public Radio report released by Minnesota Public Radio confirms Bishop Harry Flynn told lawyers that Dutel had been “cured,” and that the diocese needed to keep him due to a shortage of priests.
Minnesota Public Radio reports that in the 22 years since one of Dutel’s victims came forward, Dutel has worked in several elementary schools, and had a playground named after him.
The atrocities continue, and loyal Catholics cheer a pedophile priest.
“Religion is an insult to human dignity. Without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things.
But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.”