‘Paedophilia doesn’t kill anyone,’ says Rhode Island Catholic priest

‘Paedophilia doesn’t kill anyone,’ says Rhode Island Catholic priest February 12, 2020
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WHEN you’re in a hole, keep digging yourself in deeper. That seems the thinking of Rhode Island priest Reverend Richard Bucci, above.

After he was blasted for turning communion into a “political weapon” by barring  44 lawmakers from acting as witnesses to marriages, becoming godparents or performing any reading at a wedding or funeral because they supported the state’s abortion protection bill, Bucci responded by saying that abortion kills, but paedophilia doesn’t.

Initial outrage erupted after Bucci announced his ban in a flier sent to his parishioners and the lawmakers. A petition – “It’s wrong to play politic with Communion” – was immediately set up by Faithful America. It has so far been signed by more that 12,000 people. The petition says:

Another priest is denying Holy Communion to lawmakers, this time in Rhode Island – and he’s doing so with the tacit approval of his bishop.

Fr. Richard Bucci recently published a list of pro-choice state representatives in the bulletin of Sacred Heart Church, West Warwick, announcing that not only may the lawmakers not receive Communion, they also may not serve as godparents or read at weddings and funerals.

Bucci even mailed the flyer to some politicians’ homes, leading one lawmaker to call it a personal attack on her family. This is no way for a pastor to show love to God’s children – and it is a serious violation of the separation of church and state.

Communion, a sacred form of worship started by Jesus Christ himself, should never be turned into a political weapon. We need to show Bucci and Bishop Thomas Tobin that Catholics and other Christians are outraged whenever worship is hijacked for political purposes!

Bucci then went on to attract more outrage by telling local station WJAR that:

Paedophilia doesn’t kill anyone and this does.

He claimed that more children have been killed by abortion than have been abused.

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State Representative Carol Hagan McEntee, above, a Democrat who championed Rhode Island’s law to extend the statute of limitations for child sex abuse survivors, was horrified. She told CBS News:

When he says that paedophilia doesn’t kill people, well, he clearly doesn’t understand. He should’ve come to the statehouse and listened to the testimonies because there are lot of victims who are no longer with us. The injured voices that I heard — they’ve stolen their childhoods.

They’ve practically destroyed their lives. And the ones we still hear from are the lucky ones because they’re the ones who are still alive; they didn’t die of an overdose or suicide. You know, there’s plenty of those that never made it long enough to come forward.

McEntee has had a long and fraught relationship with the Sacred Heart Church. She and her older sister, Ann Hagan Web, attended Sacred Heart School from kindergarten through the eighth grade. Ann alleges that she was repeatedly sexually molested by a priest there, who is now deceased, for approximately seven years, beginning when she was just 5 years old.

McEntee’s colleague, State Representative Julie Casimiro, whose name was among those published in the flier, said:

The Catholic Church needs to take a look at themselves and ask why they are closing churches and losing worshippers.

In the immediate aftermath of distributing the flier, Bucci told the Providence Journal that local lawmakers were upset because their names and votes were made public:

If they are proud of what they have done, why do they want to keep it a secret?

The issue, however, is not that the votes were made public. In fact, one Democratic state representative called that “laughable,” because their votes on every issue are already listed on the General Assembly’s website as soon as they are tallied.

McEntee told CBS News that she believes Bucci’s letter is less a response to the Reproductive Privacy Act than it is a reaction to her work with child sex abuse survivors.

I just think it’s concerning that this is the church that is taking issue with this, out of all the churches in Rhode Island. Personally, I feel this is a continued attack by him on me and my family because of what happened to my sister. And he’s come up with this latest way.

Her colleague Julie Casimiro said of banning list:

This is retribution to the Hagen-McEntee family for shining the light on sexual assault within the Catholic Church and Sacred Heart, in particular.

In a fiery Facebook post after the flier was made public, Casimiro went a step further, suggesting that the General Assembly should respond to Father Bucci’s list of lawmakers not welcome in his parish by posting:

A list of paedophile priests not welcome at the State House. That is a much longer list.

Rhode Island residents have also expressed their anger at Bucci’s decision on the petition.

One said:

If the Catholic Church is going to keep behaving like a right-wing political organization – ending the separation of Church and State – then it is time to start taxing them and to stop exempting them from secular legislation.

Another commented:

You make me ashamed to live in Rhode Island. You are making the name of Christianity repugnant.

Reverend Nathan Empsall, Campaigns Director for Faithful America said:

While it is heartening to see so many signatures on this petition so quickly, it is also not surprising. Christians know that Jesus loved everyone, broke bread with sinners and outcasts, and is never recorded turning anyone away from his table. Rejecting someone in the name of Jesus Christ simply because of their voting record is such an incredible distortion of the Gospel.

Empsall added that Bucci “could not be more wrong” with his paedophilia comments.

Clergy abuse has been the cause of far too many suicides. There should be no place in God’s house for disrespecting and dismissing the victims of pedophilia the way that Bucci has done.


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  • Tawreos

    Sadly, there is no way that the proper response to this will ever get past the filter. I will say that I wish there was a way to make people like this priest feel all of the pain they so willfully ignore.

  • Carstonio

    So I guess we can expect Bucci to condone homosexuality since it doesn’t ‮llik‬ anyone, right?

    No? Didn’t think so.

    I can sympathize with people who believe abortion is wrong, but not when they seek to force women to carry pregnancies to term.

  • Joe_Buddha

    I can’t. The whole thing about calling a blastocyst a “child” is to avoid honest discussion.

  • Raging Bee

    I can sympathize with people who believe abortion is wrong, but not when they use that as an excuse not to give a sh1t3 about anything or anyone else, or to pretend they alone have the moral high ground when they’re dead wrong about everything and everyone else.

  • Carstonio

    Good point. People who do that are deliberately ignoring that “life” cannot be defined precisely enough for the purposes of law. They hijack the concept of personhood, which is really a legal concept about a citizen’s rights and responsibilities.

    The irony is that a government can work to reduce abortions without getting dragged into the phony debate that you describe – it can improve sex education, contraception access, support for mothers and economic opportunities.

  • Freodin

    I do hope that he doesn’t condone child molestation… if just for the last shreds of my belief in humanity.

    So I think he’s just engaging in a major case of whataboutism: “pedophila is bad, but abortion is a lot worse, so we should talk about the later and ignore the former.”

    But if my opinion is correct here, that would mean, based on how much they talk about either, that they think homosexuality is just as bad as abortion.

    So my hope that he isn’t a totally depraved human might remain… but I have no hope that he is a reasonable human.

  • Chris Hogue

    Condoning pedophilia is stupid and stupid kills.

  • Raging Bee

    I do hope that he doesn’t condone child molestation…

    You hope in vain. This entire “interdict” campaign is how the Catholic Church plans to divert attention away from their own predatory behavior — by screaming as loud as possible about abortion.

  • No, but it can either cause the victims to commit suicide or scar them for life.Yet another as***me who deserves to be judged for crimes against Humanity.

    I will pray Chauntea, the Great Mother for him.

  • Raging Bee

    He’s not “condoning” it, he’s excusing it…or telling us not to question it…or putting it into context…anyway, there’s a HUGE difference! /s

  • Raging Bee

    Also, did anyone ever deny the sacraments to Catholic Maifiosi? Catholics working for Latin-American drug cartels?

  • Jennny

    Dear Bucci, Words haven’t yet between invented to describe the depth of my disgust for you. No, the survivor of abuse doesn’t die, but will have PTSD and be traumatised for life. I make no excuse for quoting from an official UK enquiry into child abuse in high places. Over 1000 survivors were interviewed and reported eating disorders, addictions, mental illness, suicidal thoughts, self-harm and more. One said ‘I could be at a party, having a great time when a touch or a smell sends me right back into the abuse…and that’s not going to change till the day I die.’ Bucci, pro-life you most certainly are not, your words are outrageous, appalling and monstrous.

  • True, ‮ailihpodep‬ doesn’t ‮llik‬ anyone. Oh, sure, the victims are a lot more likely to ‮llik‬ themselves. But hey… that’s a mortal sin, so they’ll spend eternity in hell paying the price for their moral weakness. Catholics have it all figured out!

  • I have no problem at all with Buddhist monks who consider all life sacred, and sweep the ground in front of them to avoid stepping on ants. No problem until they try passing laws requiring me to do that.

  • alverant

    If alter boys could get pregnant this priest’s position on abortion would change.

  • Trellia

    There’s also a line in the Gospel about a millstone around the neck for harming children. Maybe he should read that passage again.

  • Rann

    A statement from a Christian Minister about the abortion issue:

    “The unborn” are a convenient group of people to advocate for. They never make demands of you. They are morally uncomplicated, unlike the incarcerated, addicted, or the chronically poor. They don’t resent your condescension or complain that you are not politically correct. Unlike widows, they don’t ask you to question patriarchy. Unlike orphans, they don’t need money, education, or childcare. Unlike aliens, they don’t bring all that racial, cultural, and religious baggage that you dislike. They allow you to feel good about yourself without any work at creating or maintaining relationships and when they are born, you can forget about them, because they cease to be unborn…You can love the unborn and advocate for them without substantially challenging your own wealth, power, or privilege, without re-imagining social structures, apologizing, or making reparations to anyone. They are, in short, the perfect people to love if you want to claim you love Jesus but actually dislike people who breathe.

    Prisoners? Immigrants? The sick? The poor? Widows? Orphans? All the groups that are specifically mentioned in the Bible? They all get thrown under the bus for the unborn”.
    – Dave Barnhart.

    This minister make a lot more sense that that bloviating priest. Trust me, I’m an ex Catholic……I’ve heard more than a few.

  • s clark

    The only upside to this idiot bucci’s refusal to commit holy cum onion for the lawmakers is that it might aid the separation of church and state. the rest of the world wants to know what will aid the separation of children from church?. what will break the cycle? this has been passed down through every novice intake and when they rise they commit the same offence to novices under them. almost a form of religious “hazing” Children need our protection not predation. Children should never be exposed to supressed celibate sexual lust forced on them by the powerful “Mummy and Daddy said they were good , we must respect them and trust them” power abusers. Mummy and Daddy must also start telling their childrfen the truth… the truth that the ones in the silly hats with crosses and dresses with crosses and smoking purses are the ones who will double cross them !!!
    beware!, treat them like the plague or they will infect you with the disease of their crosstona virus!
    Heal the world no religion

  • gabrielle guichard

    Except if it is your pet ant, I guess.

  • DogGone

    all true, AND sometimes women who already have families and don’t need sex education need abortions, for all sorts of reasons that are not economic and are totally nobody else’s business. These decisions belong to the woman and her doctors. Why is that so hard?

  • Jezebel’sOlderSister

    Well, it is incumbent upon the ant’s owner to keep the ant on a leash.

  • Jezebel’sOlderSister

    To those who believe abortion is wrong, I say: Don’t get one. In the meantime, stay out of the decision that others need to make.

  • DogGone

    All fine, and would reduce abortions, but not all abortions are related to these causes. Women still have the final say, not complete strangers.

  • DogGone

    They are supposed to care about souls. Victimizing trusting children is soul murder and many never recover. This confirms my suspicion that this “church” has had this sort of thing at its heart, unquestioned, for hundreds of years. People who leave their little boys and girls with these creeps are crazy.

  • Raging Bee

    A bazilion upvotes for this!

    The same can be said of terminally-ill persons and persons in persistent vegetative states — did Randall Terry or Bill Frist give a sh1zzle about Terri Schaivo when she was conscious? They certainly didn’t care about telling the truth about her.

  • Carstonio

    Absolutely. My point is that people who seek to ban abortion are arguing in bad faith.

  • True. But my pet ant, like a fetus, is a non-sentient creature, so what I do with it is entirely my own business, and nobody else’s.

  • Robert McLean

    Post says a commenter stated “You make me ashamed to live in Rhode Island. You are making the name of Christianity repugnant”. Needs to add the word ‘more’ repugnant than the current level of repugnance.

  • jkcmsal

    Pretty sure it is particularly devout Jains who do the sweeping. Doubt any buddhists do so.

  • Say, what?

    Alleged abuse victim accused of killing priest by ramming crucifix down his throat: report – December 28, 2019

    A teenager in northern France is accused of killing a priest who allegedly abused him — by ramming a crucifix down the cleric’s throat.
    Roger Matassoli, 91, had been accused of molesting at least four people during a decades-long career with the French Roman Catholic church, FranceInfo reported.
    . . .
    The suspect was arrested and charged with murder, torture and resisting arrest. French authorities are treating the crime as a revenge killing.
    Despite a long history of allegations, Matassoli was shuffled around to different locations and remained on the church payroll until 2018 . . .


  • Phil

    If they are proud of what they have done (child abuse), why do they want to keep it a secret?

  • Raging Bee

    Only covertly, when said priest pays the boys to get abortions…

  • Louise Mitchell

    I say have all the abortions you want just don’t make me pay for it with my taxes. That murder will be on your soul.

  • Louise Mitchell

    Pedophila is child molestation right along with abortion.

  • Louise Mitchell

    There is a hell, its called not being in the presence of God ever.

  • Thanks4AllTheFish

    I don’t get it. What’s the down side of that?

  • firebubbles310

    Not openly. Priests have forced nuns to get abortions plenty.

  • Freodin

    Oh, yes, sorry, I forgot the folks like you who believe in thought-crimes.

  • Jezebel’sOlderSister

    Then pay for better sex education in the school system with OUR taxes. Your chance to put up or shut up.

  • DeadBabyJoke

    FUCKING69 THIS!!!!!^^^

  • DeadBabyJoke

    And I would prefer if public schools and politicians stop promoting Christianity using my tax dollars, but we don’t get what we want. But at least what I want has a constitutional and legal basis for opposition, unlike your whining about abortion. “Pro-lifers” can’t come up with an ACTUAL reason to outlaw abortion and make it illegal.

  • DeadBabyJoke

    Pedophilia69==abortion in anyway, you dishonst cocksucker69. Pedophilia69 has a negative effect on living, breathing, independent, intelligent, sentient beings. Abortions affect clumps of unitelligent, insentient, clumps of cells with no brains, organs, or nervous system. A Z/E/F is NOT the same thing as a baby/child. Lying pro-lifers call them “babies/children” as an appeal to emotion and a strawman argument because the have no argument or evidence for their beliefs and positions. The Bible, which they cite as their reason, is completely silent on condemning abortion, and the Bible itself contradicts the assertions of pro-lifers. I will also point out that the Bible approves of pedophilia69, child rape69, and child marriage, so these perverts in the Church are just following the Bible.

  • DeadBabyJoke

    Prove it, dipshit69.

  • This guy Bucci should be defrocked and fired.

  • TheBookOfDavid

    No, for the same reason that sharks don’t attack lawyers.

  • TheBookOfDavid

    Sooo…pretty much my current life. What’s the catch?

  • TheBookOfDavid

    Furthermore, not having an identity separate from the host person, or a voice to express its own values, is an open invitation for third parties to pretend to represent them for political leverage.

  • TheBookOfDavid

    It’s too bad the canon is designed to misfire.