Vatican Ordered Priests Not To Report Abuse To Police

Vatican Ordered Priests Not To Report Abuse To Police

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The New York Times is reporting an absolute bombshell, that’s also a bit of a no-brainer. A 1997 letter has been uncovered in which Vatican officials ordered Irish Catholic bishops not to report child abuse within the church to the police. Wow.

The letter was uncovered by Irish broadcasters RTE, and widely disseminated through the Associated Press, and is hailed to be the smoking gun needed to prove that the Catholic Church has been lying for decades about the extent of their knowledge about priests molesting children within the church.

NYT reports, “”The letter is of huge international significance, because it shows that the Vatican’s intention is to prevent reporting of abuse to criminal authorities. And if that instruction applied here, it applied everywhere,” said Colm O’Gorman, director of the Irish chapter of human rights watchdog Amnesty International.”

Over 14,000 people have come forward about being sexually abused by priests in Ireland alone since the 1940’s. The Catholic Church was ordered to pay $2 Billion dollars in damages to these victims, but the Irish government has been the one to compensate victims for the most part.

The NYT expose is rife with heartbreaking information, like in the case of a priest, Tony Walsh, who used his role as an Elvis impersonator to lure young boys, and then rape them. “Walsh was kicked out of the priesthood by a secret Dublin church court in 1993 but successfully appealed the punishment to a Vatican court, which reinstated him to the priesthood in 1994. He raped a boy in a pub restroom at his grandfather’s wake that year. Walsh since has received a series of prison sentences, most recently a 12-year term imposed last month. Investigators estimate he raped or molested more than 100 children.

We can’t understand for the life of us why people stand by the Catholic Church. What do you think of this new incriminating evidence about the Church’s cover-up?

Via NYT

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