Fred Bodimer

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — Local clergy abuse survivors are saying “I told you so” — after the release of new evidence that higher-ups in the Catholic Church knew about the sexual abuse of children by priests — and tried to sweep it under the rug.

In a 1997 letter that’s only now come to light, the Vatican warned Ireland’s bishops not to report cases of suspected abuse to police.

“This may be the most devastating disclosure yet about the Vatican’s simplicity in child sex crimes and cover-ups,” said SNAP’s executive director, David Clohessy of St. Louis.

But CBS news religion consultant, Father Thomas Williams says the letter has been misinterpreted.

“I think that it was clearly intended as a way to punish priests, and not as a way to get them off the hook,” said Williams.

Clohessy said he’s not buying that explanation, “the idea that this letter is just being misunderstood is just ludicrous.”

Clohessy goes on to say this letter is just one more confirmation of a deeply rooted Catholic church practices .

Either way, Father Williams says, this is a setback for the Catholic Church.

Copyright KMOX Radio

Comments (7)
  1. Judy Jones says:

    It is amazing how creative the Vatican officials have become with their lies, ..and now they are trying to tell us that what we read in their ‘damning letter to Irish bishops’, is just the opposite?

    Victims of clergy abuse, who have been harmed as children, and who have been lied to time and again by church leaders who pretend to care, are NOT stupid.

    When there is clear evidence that a CEO has committed fraud within his company, he can plead and beg all he wants, he can say that he has changed his ways, he can say that he will never do it again, BUT, he will still be handcuffed and hauled off to jail for committing these crimes.

    The Vatican’s lies are just that. They are lies, and they appear to be hitting the bottom of their barrel with their excuses to continue to claim they innocent of covering horrible sex crimes against kids.

    Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511,
    “Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests”

  2. rick springer says:

    The cracks in the Vatican walls are getting wider and wider and no amount of legal mortar will prevent more and more secrets from coming to light.

  3. jmowens says:

    the scandal is beyond legality…why haven’t THEY come up with a solution that works for us all? Start the isolation/dissolution process with all priests and religious orders, friars and monks…the whole bunch are NEVER going to understand or make ammends…they are beyond hope …

  4. Tim Walsh says:

    Now we have “PROOF POSITIVE” on why the U.S. Catholic Conferences(Legislative Lobbyists for the RCC) have spent Millions of Good Catholics Donations(which were donated to help the poor).

    I hope by now, these Good Catholics will wake-up to the Horrible fact and instead donate to an organization that actually DOES what it says.

    For me, All I can say is what I have been saying all along…”I told you so”!

    It is also my hope that Federal, State and Local Governments (who also give the RCC, “Taxpayer” dollars) will demand a scrupulous accounting of every “Taxpayer” dollar(as they do with any Charity but the RCC) given to the RCC. In order to Ensure that every “Taxpayer” Dollar is being properly spent in RCC Out-Reach and NOT being misappropriated to Catholic PAC’s, High Priced Lobbying Firms, Madison Ave. Public Relation Firms, High Priced Law Firms and the Endless Court Battles the RCC launches against their own Victims of Sexual Abuse by Priests.

    1. david says:

      Really Tim Walsh? Haven’t we met at those shops in West Babylon? you know, the sex shops.

    2. Rodney says:

      Keep bitter fool.

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