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Thread #164703   Message #3945068
Posted By: Joe Offer
20-Aug-18 - 01:22 AM
Thread Name: BS: Clerical abuse of kids: More Revelations
Subject: RE: BS: Clerical abuse of kids: More Revelations
Hi, Rap - yes, there were nuns who molested students, too. My wife went to a Catholic high school in Rhode Island that had some residential students, and the resident students said there were some nuns they had to watch out for, because they'd make sexual advances.

In the late 1980s, I was friends with a priest in the Catholic Committee on Scouting in Sacramento. This priest, a member of the Salvatorian order, had been a scoutmaster while he served as a priest on a previous assignment in Alabama, and he was a strong supporter of the Boy Scouts while he was in Sacramento. For a while, I attended the Sacramento parish where this guy was pastor. He did an excellent job as a priest. He interacted with people well, and he made sense when he talked. He was nice to my kids, but the opportunity didn't arise for him to have much interaction with my kids.

I lost track of him when he transferred to Wisconsin in 2001. And then his name was in the news late last year:

So, I don't know what to think or what to say. This was somebody I knew and trusted, and I thought I would be more likely than others to pick up on misconduct by priests - but I didn't suspect anything, and it's clear that very few people had any reason to suspect him.

This line bothered me: "His attorney and several others also spoke on his behalf, detailing his prior good work as a priest." I think it's true, that he did good work and had a positive effect on many people. He was a good guy, and I liked him a lot. But his crimes invalidated all the good that he might have accomplished, because the people he helped now feel betrayed. But still, I hope that something happens that puts things back in order for him. I don't know what that will be.