How Stupid Do You Have to Be to Be a Christian?

Christian Co-Conspirators

 

A nationally renowned case was filed in 1985, focusing public attention on Catholic cover-ups. Father Gilbert Gauthe, of Louisiana, admitted to molesting 37 boys and one girl. He pleaded guilty on various charges in October 1985 and was given a 20-year prison sentence with no possibility of parole. The families of many of his victims went to court when they learned that a bishop and monsignor were aware of child molestation reports against Gauthe for more than ten years before his abuse was halted. Gauthe had molested some of the children as many as 200 times, including anal and oral rape, during church outings when alone with children in the rectory, sacristy, confessional, and the priest's camper.

 

Small-town Catholics turned against the families as trouble-makers. All but one family agreed to settle their civil lawsuits out of court. But Faye and Glenn Gastal had their day in court. After their son, eleven, testified in court, he received a one-million dollar award for damages from the Catholic Church on February 7, 1986. His parents received $250,000 as compensation for their pain, ostracism, and harassment.

 

The Gastal boy testified that he was led to believe that being molested by priests was part of his job as altar boy. He thought his parents knew what was happening: "I thought he was doing the right thing because he was a priest". Later, the priest guaranteed his silence by threatening that "he would hurt my daddy, he'd kill him".

 

In what is the classic Catholic "musical chairs" mode of dealing with accusations against priests, it was revealed that the church had simply transferred Gauthe to new, unsuspecting communities. Parents had confronted the priest as early as 1972. In 1974, Gauthe admitted to a bishop that he had made "imprudent touches" in "one isolated case". The following year, the bishop appointed him chaplain of the diocesan Boy Scouts. In 1977, more parents complained. Gauthe was directed to seek psychiatric treatment by church officials, but in 1978 he was transferred to another family parish. The sworn statement of one church official was, "I am trained as a priest to forget sins". The enormity of the scandal prompted even the National Catholic Reporter to condemn the cover-up. The church has paid at least $14 million to the victims of Gauthe alone.

 

-- Annie Laurie Gaylor

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Comments (12)

  1. stevehayes13

    The Catholic Church’s justification for the decades of cover up was: for the good of the Universal Church, according to Joseph Ratzinger aka Pope Benedict.

    May 03, 2017
    1. den_of_iniquity2

      And there you have it. A confession that church leaders (bishops, primarily) care more about their own careers than the victims of their church’s crimes. Jesus loves the little children? My ass.

      May 03, 2017
  2. magnocrat

    ’Own careers ’ that rings a larger bell than church chimes

    May 03, 2017
    1. den_of_iniquity2

      Of course it does. But these are the assholes who sell themselves as God’s holy representatives, leaders in the church that sells itself as the gateway to salvation, morality, kindness, compassion, love, light, and goodness. They are to be held to a much higher standard, because they claim to BE the highest standard. Surely you get that.

      May 03, 2017
      1. stevehayes13

        They only need to be held to the same standards as everyone else.

        May 04, 2017
  3. magnocrat

    Many of them underneath are unbelievers it is a gateway to a career from the beginning. At one time it was the only gateway for the poor to any education.
    As you point out true believers would not stoop to such gross behaviour so where are they?

    May 04, 2017
    1. stevehayes13

      Are you claiming the Ratzinger is and always has been an atheist?

      May 04, 2017
  4. magnocrat

    I’m not claiming anything Steve. Den is claiming that many call themselves Christians but don’t act in the slightest way like Christians. I’m saying that is because men and women are often not what they claim to be. This should not surprise us we know it to be true. How far we slip from moral uprightness varies but human nature is such.

    May 04, 2017
    1. den_of_iniquity2

      I’m talking about 2 aspects of Christian character, really. First, like you say, many (most?) people aren’t what they seem or claim to be, so that’s not worth a post. What is remarkable in the case of pedophile priests is that these Christians don’t even achieve basic human decency, however you measure it. They are criminals in all but name and consequence. Second, over and above the common level of pretension, Christians add for themselves another vast layer of hypocrisy. They claim and pretend to be holy, as demonstrated, for example, by the majestic robes they wear, while most people do not. Therefore, they are supremely arrogant and hypocritical as well as being completely despicable.

      May 04, 2017
  5. magnocrat

    It has always been human tendency to decorate the body to give the outward sign of the inward nature. Witch doctors , kings , Buddhist monks and our own big wig lawyers robed for judgement. The acknowledgement of this deception is only just beginning to be admitted and that is why it is important to proclaim people are not what they seem or claim to be. They say death is the great leveller, our job is to get things a bit more level in life. We should be extremely wary of those who claim to be of the very highest moral character because common sense tells us they are no different to the run of the mill humanity.

    May 05, 2017
    1. den_of_iniquity2

      We should be extremely wary of those who claim to be of the very highest moral character because common sense tells us they are no different to the run of the mill humanity.
      I generally agree with your comment, but, again, I would point out that in the case of pedophile priests and their bishop enablers, it’s much worse than that. They are very different to the run of the mill humanity. They are orders of magnitude worse, not only for their criminal acts, but also because they have been uniquely empowered to care for the most vulnerable people and to share their deepest thoughts. Non-clerical pedophiles are among the worst of men, but pedophile priests and enabling bishops are probably the most flagitious animals ever to walk on two feet.
      But I quibble.

      May 05, 2017
  6. magnocrat

    You are quite right Den its better to be honest about ourselves than hypocritical and pedophile priests are super hypocrites.
    Unfortunately it is now known that pedophiles find positions of care and it seems that this mind-set overrules all other activities.
    Of course in the Christian interpretation of the world all things can be forgiven to those who truly repent. I reject that assertion , not to be judgemental of the faults and weaknesses of others, but in my belief that some actions are unforgivable. We know religion often gives wickedness a way out an excuse not to change.

    May 05, 2017