Catholic Priest Molested 200 Deaf Boys, Vatican Failed to Stop It

Catholic clergy sexual abuse cases continue to come out of the work, as well as the Vatican's continued efforts to cover them up. The latest case to be revealed is particularly ugly:

Murphy "Top Vatican officials — including the future Pope Benedict XVI — did not defrock a priest who molested as many as 200 deaf boys, even though several American bishops repeatedly warned them that failure to act on the matter could embarrass the church, according to church files newly unearthed as part of a lawsuit. The internal correspondence from bishops in Wisconsin directly to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the future pope, shows that while church officials tussled over whether the priest should be dismissed, their highest priority was protecting the church from scandal. The documents emerge as Pope Benedict is facing other accusations that he and direct subordinates often did not alert civilian authorities or discipline priests involved in sexual abuse when he served as an archbishop in Germany and as the Vatican’s chief doctrinal enforcer."

In recent weeks, hundreds of sexual abuse cover-up cases have surfaced in the German church, so many that the Vatican says it can't handle the workload. And three Brazilian Catholic priests were recently accused of abusing boys in Brazil, with video evidence.

A protest is being held this Sunday in London outside Westminster Cathedral demanding the Pope's resignation over the cover up of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy.


  1. ichabod says

    “…several American bishops repeatedly warned them that failure to act on the matter could embarrass the church…”

    EMBARRASS THE CHURCH?!?! What about all those poor children? No care given to them whatsoever?

    Disgusting. The Catholic Church is a cancerous boil of the skin of humanity.

  2. rebar says

    This is so typical! Sweep it under the rug like it never happened, and protect their image at all costs! This corrupt institution needs to be dismantled and their assets sold off to compensate their many victims over the years around the world.

  3. Leonard says

    Maybe those several American bishops realized that they weren’t working in an institution that put morals ahead of profit margins and used the hypothetical media fallout should the abuses come to light argument because it’s the only one that will appear appealing. Certainly the moral and ethical arguments that raping several children should be severely punished hadn’t been working.

    Then again, that’s giving these people too much credit. They were probably molesting kids too.

  4. jtramon says

    …Seems that journalists are getting remarkably closer and closer to direct evidence of Papa Prada’s knowledge and involvement of coverups. Like a dog with a bone, let’s hope they keep going.

    When the truth comes out, what are the faithful going to do? The church has only itself to blame for the previously unthinkable situation it finds itself in. Prostitution rings, Child Rape. Coverups. This couldn’t possibly have happened. The Press is lying and attacking the church. Yeah Right!

    May the fires of hell, which they instill the fear of God into others with, lap up and consume them s-l-o-w-l-yyyyyyyy

  5. stephen says

    When Cardinal Law got caught in the mess in Boston, he somehow landed a cushy job in Vatican City, outside the reach of litigation.

    No one can be surprised at the behavior of Katholic Khurch Inc… but why do they continue to receive gov’t benefits?!!!

    And why do any of us allow friends that are Catholic to pretend that it’s still okay to be affiliated with the organization? Speak up folks, no one makes a change unless they’re made uncomfortable.

  6. says

    Back in the 1950s, many of my Catholic friends, told me that they were abused by their priest…
    The more things change… the Catholic Church remains the same. I knew one guy who was kicked out of a seminary because he was gay and was a alcoholic. He was also anti-Semitic, and also anti-black… I remember thinking to myself… he sounds like he qualified to be a future Pope!

  7. Ted says

    Wow I hope the momentum builds to get rid of the Pope. That may be the first in a series of steps to disarm this powerful foe of freedom and democracy. It’s time to disband the Catholic Church. Organized religion has outlived its usefulness. Tax the Churches out of existence!

    I feel so bad for all the victims. One wonders whether the full extent of the truth will ever be known.

  8. Mike_in_Lancaster says

    In simplest terms, this is organized crime.

    There are apparently tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of serious felonies that were committed, covered up and continue to be committed and covered up by Catholic authorities.

    As a “sovereign nation” the “government” of the Vatican has been, and is technically supporting international terrorism against children.

    When are we reopening Gitmo?

    When is Ratzinger’s trial in The Hague?

  9. anon says

    Well, the church is completely paranoid and defensive. It’s doctrine of separating sin and forgiveness also doesn’t square with modern views of justice. For example, under church doctrine a priest need only confess their sins to God and perform penance to be absolved, which cuts the victim out of the loop entirely. Finally, the church is doctrinally opposed to many aspects of modern psychology and views the desire to molest as something of a aberration akin to temporary demon possession, but they don’t like to say that.

  10. Bill says

    Later it will come out these “boys” were 16-18 years old. When you are 16 you are a young adult. And don’t say it’s wrong to think of these 16-18 years as young adults when they are regularly charged as adults when they commit crimes.

  11. Chris says

    Bill – even if the boys were over 16, the priest was still grossly abusing his position of trust (to say nothing of his vow of celibacy). For a priest to have access to hundreds of deaf children, specifically, seems to indicate that this took place in a children’s home or similar institution – the kids being subjected to abuse in a place like that wouldn’t have known where to go or who to contact in order to get help (and if this abuse took place decades ago there would’ve been less of a support network in place anyway).

    Your willingness to try and brush this man’s crimes (and they were crimes) under the carpet comes across as unusual, particularly if you’re a gay man. I’m always disappointed when I read stories like this, mainly for the kids but also because (in the minds of many who’ll read it) it helps reinforce the fallacy that we as gay men can be in any way compared to these child molesting perverts.

  12. walter says

    regardless of age a man of power who forces himself on someone in his charge is still an abuser. he abused his trust. these young men where there because they had special needs. then he gets caught and asks for special treatment. the church then performs another coverup. the vatican made the final decision on this man. the archbishop who tried to remove him as priest got caught having an affair with a man and used church money to pay his boyfriend off. but isn’t homosexuality a mortal sin.

  13. Jack says

    You wonder after all these thousands of cases, why the Catholic church still thinks it can still “get away with it”. In L.A., we have Cardinal Baloney Mahony, who has managed to deftly avoid arrest, even though he has been found complicitous in refusing to report child-molesting priests to civil authorities.

    To see a funny but very controversial video about this topic: – Louis CK Learns About the Catholic Church.

  14. Fern says

    I think Bill has a point in that the media tends to describe teenage boys as children when a same-sex allegation is made even though the same heterosexual allegation is described as underage sex. Different wording is also used to imply consent in heterosexual situations and force in homosexual situation, regardless of whether that is accurate or not.

    This is not a comment on these particular allegations btw just a observation of the way the media can frame information to influence public perception and response.

  15. therighteoussword says

    @ “Fake” Bill

    Go Fuck yourself. Your Derrick Martin scam on JMG was called out too. Why do you continue to attempt to protect the guilty? Get a life you loser.

  16. BRAIN says

    Sources say….. that the aim of this investigation is to smoke-out the Big Fish, Papa “Prada”.

    He is said to have “touched the young supple flesh” many a time….

  17. BRAIN says

    Fern…..I disagree on that point.

    I think it is similar to “some” civil rights advocates condoning criminal activity in underprivileged areas, because of present or past discrimination.

  18. El Brucio says

    My cousin was just hitting puberty when he was molested by his pastor.

    I know it’s only anecdotal and protestant, but I still doubt most of the victims are 16 to 18.

    Sexual predators do tend to prefer that their victims be as vulnerable as possible after all.

  19. TANK says

    Because it’s catholic…and andy doesn’t like catholics. That’s why you rarely read about the other christian denomination sex scandals. And because this is what the media likes…for some reason…to cover the catholic sex scandals rather than the other sex scandals involving, say, youth pastors. Perhaps because when it comes to christianity, catholicism is often associated with “true faith”…who knows.

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