An Old Story About
Those Sexy Catholic Priests

On August 20, 2002, the Boston Herald ran a story under the headline:

Nuns take sex-abuse stand vs. church

The opening paragraphs make it clear what the article deals with:

The headline is nothing less than shocking, a violation of every tenet of the Catholic Church: ``Vatican admits priests raping nuns.''

But the story, covered by mainstream media around the world, appeared more than a year ago - six years after a church-sanctioned study on the appalling abuse.

Now, as Rome wrestles with a zero-tolerance policy on child molestation, women who have pledged their lives to the church said the sexual abuse must stop.

``They've had this information since 1995, but the cover-up goes on,'' said Yvonne Maes, a former nun who charged an Irish Redemptorist priest with raping her over three years beginning in 1985.—Robin Washington, Nuns take sex-abuse stand vs. church, Boston Herald, August 20, 2002, © Copyright by the Boston Herald and Herald Interactive Advertising Systems, Inc

The article addresses a few cases of priests involved in serial rape of nuns. One nun took her case to canon court, which found the priest guilty of a single count of sexual abuse, though the priest had repeatedly raped her.

The article cites a study of sexual abuse of African religious, prepared by two nuns. According to the study, "Young nuns are seen as safe targets of sexual activity''—Ibid.

The report also mentioned that some priests had impregnated nuns and then counseled them to have abortions. How's that for honoring Humanae vitae?

Reportedly, Catholic priests, apparently untrammeled by their vows of celibacy, were seducing and raping nuns in at least 223 nations, including the United States. One might ask; "If this is so, how come we don't hear much about it?" One reason might be the victims' fear of priestly retaliation. A victim is quoted as having said: "My order felt if I went public, the bishops would refuse to give our nuns burials, sacraments and communion."—Ibid

The above report was published some eight years ago. Have those sexy Catholic priests been brought to heel since then? Judging by the flurry of accusations of scandalous behavior on the part of European priests and bishops, coupled with a continuous rain of similar reports originating in the USA, I would say that it is business as usual within the protective walls of Romish secrecy.

In the last two weeks, the Roman Catholic Church has been in the news over its pedophilia scandals. Most of the scandals have been from Europe, especially in Ireland and Germany, the home country of Pope Benedict XVI, who is reported to have presided over a diocese that silently transferred a pedophile priest to another diocese. In the current scandal over Rev. Fr. Lawrence Murphy from the USA who is accused of defiling 200 young deaf boys under his care, the Pope is also accused of having been part of the cover up. With all these sex scandals coming to light at the same time, they have reopened the debate here in Uganda and abroad on whether the church should uphold celibacy for its priests or allow them get married. Pope Benedict who has always said priests should stay celibate has some members of the public calling for his resignation for what they say is his hypocrisy. They argue that while he has consistently supported the canon rule on celibacy, he wasn't willing to take action against priests under him who abused children and the doctrine of celibacy. . . - Dicta Asiimwe, Sex scandals in the Catholic Church: Is it time for priests to marry?

"plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose"

Has the Catholic hierarchy gotten things under control within the communities of priests and religious since this report was published? I think not. Satan is alive and well on Planet Earth and appears to have a number of followers in the Catholic priesthood.

Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.-- Psalms 24:3-5

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