Despicable: A new report details how the Catholic Church offered a young man and his family over $16,000 to lie about being repeatedly raped by a priest when he was only 12-years-old.
Associated Press reports on a deal the Catholic Church tried to force on a desperate family in Italy devestated by the sexual abuse and rape of their 12-year-old boy:
The terms: Martínez’s family would receive 15,000 euros ($16,300) from the order. But in return, her son would have to recant the testimony he gave to Milan prosecutors that the priest had repeatedly assaulted him when he was a 12-year-old student at the order’s youth seminary in northern Italy. He would have to lie.
“He would have to lie.”
The blatant immorality of offering large sums of money to victims in order to get them to lie under oath in a court of law in an attempt to protect pedophiles from prosecution is simply despicable.
Indeed, there can be no doubt: the Catholic Church is a criminal conspiracy devoted to protecting pedophile priests, and covering up the rape and sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy.
For the record, it has been established beyond a shadow of doubt that the Catholic Church is filled with pedophile priests who rape and sexually abuse children with impunity and without fear of punishment from church leaders or secular authorities.
In fact, we have known for decades that the Catholic Church was protecting and enabling pedophile priests. We have also known for decades that the church has made considerable efforts to deny the charges, always trying to deny and push accusations under the rug, often by re-victimizing the children raped and sexually abused by priests in the first place.
Yet despite overwhelming evidence that the Catholic Church is a profoundly and irredeemably morally corrupt institution that allows children to be treated as disposable sex toys for predatory clergy, Catholics continue to support the church. In so doing Catholics fund the cover-up, and make the continuing rape and sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy possible.
In short, supporting the Catholic Church means supporting the rape and sexual abuse of children. And that means that every practicing Catholic is complicit in the rape and sexual abuse of children by predatory priests. Full stop.
Bottom line: The Catholic Church offered a young man and his family over $16,000 to lie in court and deny the fact that he had been repeatedly raped by a priest when he was only 12-years-old.