We Can Take On the Catholic Church for Covering Up Child Sex Abuse. Here’s How

Aug 20, 2018

By Marci Hamilton

The Pennsylvania grand jury report on clergy sex abuse in six dioceses is a call to action, in part because so few indictments flowed from its documentation of over 1,000 victims and 300 perpetrator priests. It details enormous injustice and institutional malfeasance, but we are left with only two indictments of perpetrators.

The institution and the bishops once again have been permitted to skate free, as though this is not a criminal enterprise in the most classic sense. It’s time to bring the Catholic Church to account for what it’s done.

Charge the church as a corrupt organization

It is natural to ask why the U.S. Roman Catholic Church has not been sued under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO, for its systemic cover up of child sex abuse on such a large scale. The answer is that, as currently written, the law does not apply to this situation, because the “predicate act” needed to bring a federal RICO claim cannot be a personal injury like sex abuse.

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2 comments on “We Can Take On the Catholic Church for Covering Up Child Sex Abuse. Here’s How

  • I see from the news, that the pope is again paying lip service to stopping the abuse, and after the Vatican and the RCC have spent years covering up, defending and hiding the culprits, he is retrospectively pretending that they take these matters seriously so as to reduce the damage to the reputation of the RCC!

    They want to dust off and market that “repentant new clean image” AGAIN!!! – perhaps in anticipation of further news of Cardinal George Pell!

    https://www.richarddawkins.net/2018/05/highest-ranking-vatican-official-charged-with-sex-abuse-heads-to-trial/#li-comment-231690

    Alan4discussion #2 and #3 May 7, 2018 at 9:38 am

    #2 – As a detective in the 1970s, Mr Ryan tried to charge Monsignor John Day with sexual offences in the regional city of Mildura.

    However, he was blocked by senior police officers and ordered to drop the case.
    Mr Ryan has blamed the decision on his superiors’ “allegiance” to the Church.

    #3 – Bishop Juan Barros, who Pope Francis appointed three years ago, is accused of using his position in the Catholic Church to try to block an investigation into the actions of his mentor, Catholic priest Fernando Karadima.

    Fr Karadima was an influential priest who was found guilty by the Vatican of sexually abusing young boys and was ordered to do penance.

    Bishop Barros has repeatedly offered his resignation to the Pope.
    It has been rejected several times
    as he was believed to be innocent of the accusations, but this time it is thought the resignation will be accepted.




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  • Alan #1

    I see from the news, that the pope is again paying lip service to
    stopping the abuse, and after the Vatican and the RCC have spent years
    covering up, defending and hiding the culprits, he is retrospectively
    pretending that they take these matters seriously so as to reduce the
    damage to the reputation of the RCC!

    Indeed.

    From his most recent letter to Catholics:

    Looking ahead to the future, no effort must be spared to create a
    culture able to prevent such situations from happening, but also to
    prevent the possibility of their being covered up and perpetuated.

    Oh really? Does that include immediately reporting all suspected cases of child rape (let’s call it what it is) to the police?

    No?

    No, didn’t think so.



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