Sins of the Father
Well done: Thank you for this thorough and well-written story ["Let Him Prey," Peter Jamison, Feature, 5/25]. I've posted a link on my Facebook page and personally sent a link via e-mail to Carl Olson of the Ignatius [Press] Blog. I wonder if any of the priests who kept silent about McGuire will face any legal consequences for their silence. I hope there will be more investigation. Again, I commend Jamison on the story.
Anne Rice, author
A cancer in the Church: This cover-up continues because there is a great evil cancer within the Church, attempting to destroy it from within. The best way to shut it down is simply to skip Church authorities, even when they say they will report it to police, and report directly to police and let the investigation proceed.
Catholics need to insist on cleansing the Church of pedophiles and those who enable them. It is so sad that a great Church that has inspired millions has so many pedophiles hiding within it. Silence helps only the predator, not the victims. In a sense, the entire parish is a victim when its trust is betrayed. My heart goes out to the majority of faithful Catholics who believe in the good aspects of the Church. Pedophile priests do not deserve protection. Children do.
Sad for the Church
Truth, integrity, and protecting the vulnerable: As a graduate of a Jesuit university, I am deeply unhappy to learn that prominent Jesuits protected this priest [Donald McGuire] abusing minors. The behavior of Father [Joseph] Fessio and others clashes with the values I was taught by the Jesuits, which had everything to do with truth-telling, behaving with integrity, and protecting the vulnerable.
The Church will always protect the priest: When every bit of information and data pertaining to the cases has the priesthood's hands all over it, it's highly unlikely we will ever get factual, unbiased information. The latest information is that the problem has slowed down or stopped within the Church, but how do they know until the victims come forward? And who knows how many little kids are out there right now who are scared to say anything because priests told them they would burn in hell or be killed?
There's something aggravating about an institution that has always told children to tell the truth until it relates to exposing the monsters within it. It is a brotherhood of men who think they are God. Their congregations lift up the priests as though they are something more than human, and as such, some of them feel entitled to take whatever they wish. The priests see everyone else as inferior.
Meanwhile, the children know that the priests are human and end up being tormented over how a human being could do such a thing. The Church keeps playing the victim card, and can hire all the experts it wants, but the fact remains that the Church caused its own problem and made it worse by protecting its own monsters, [and] taking God away from the very people they supposed to be directing toward God.
Blog Comment of the Week
In response to a tech blog post about Foursquare being a silly networking platform: Dan Mitchell is missing the point ["Foursquare: The Silliest Thing Ever Invented," the Snitch, 5/24]. Foursquare isn't about "announcing where you are"; it's a game. By checking into places, a user earns points and competes with friends and other Foursquare users. It's no stupider than any iPhone game or any other app to use up some time while waiting in line, etc.
Also, he forgot to tell those damn kids to get off his lawn.