Rogue Catholic priests: a weekend roundup

From left: McCormick, Brennan and Groeschel

Reverend Richard McCormick, 71: Pleaded not guilty at Essex Superior Court in Massachusetts yesterday to five counts of raping a boy in 1981 and 1982. McCormick, of the Catholic Salesian Brothers of Don Bosco, was described by the prosecution as a ruthless predator who singled out the boy for repeated sexual assaults while McCormick ran a summer camp, called Sacred Heart Retreat House, in Ipswich, MA. McCormick, who went on to become the leader of the Salesian order for the eastern US, has already been sued by nine people he allegedly sexually assaulted as boys.

(Hat tip: Mark Richards)

Rev Tom Brennan, 74:  This Australian priest was arrested and charged yesterday with two counts of failing to disclose a serious crime relating to alleged child sex offences committed by defrocked priest John Denham against two boys in the late 1970s.

The offences allegedly occurred at St Pius X, Newcastle, NSW, where Father Denham was a teacher and Father Brennan was school principal.

Father Brennan was charged with assaulting the two boys by caning them after they allegedly reported being sexually assaulted by Father Denham, now 70.

Brennan is also charged with eight counts of sexually assaulting a boy, 8, at a Newcastle church in 1984 and 1985, and two counts of assault.

The charges were laid only months after international publicity over the first American conviction of a senior Catholic priest for hiding the child sex crimes of another priest.

Brennan will appear in court on September 25.

In Newcastle Local Court on March 9, 2009, Brennan was convicted on a charge of making a false written statement, saying that he could not remember a series of child sex-abuse complaints (in the 1970s) about other clergy. The magistrate placed him on a 12-month good-behaviour bond.

(Hat tip: Bill Murray)

The Rev Benedict Groeschel: This New York Catholic priest was forced to apologise for saying this week that clerics accused of child sex abuse are often seduced by their accusers, and that first-time offender should not go to jail. Groeschel, of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal made the comments in an interview with the National Catholic Register. The website for the conservative independent Register then removed the story and posted an apology for publishing the comments, as did Mr Groeschel and the friars.

(Hat tip: BarrieJohn & Canada Dave)

28 responses to “Rogue Catholic priests: a weekend roundup”

  1. AgentCormac says:

    Isn’t the one on the right Gary Glitter?

  2. barriejohn says:

    Why pick on the Catholics, Barry?

  3. Matt Westwood says:

    … saying … that clerics accused of child sex abuse are often seduced by their accusers, …

    Possibly one of the most chilling lies ever uttered by one of these garbed shits.

  4. barriejohn says:

    I thought that I was posting a link to the “Spank Me” cartoon there. Still, there are some other witty ones, especially the “cold shower” on Page 2!

  5. tony e says:

    I love the fact that, on an almost daily basis, this vile religion gets exposed for what it is.

    It has got to the stage that whenever I see a catholic priest I automatically think that he is a paedophile.

    Cue the usual, and deafening, silence from Bill Donohue.

  6. Barry Duke says:

    McCormick, Brennan and Groeschel … sounds like a firm of solicitors 🙂

  7. AgentCormac says:

    barriejohn & tony e – The fact that Bill Donohue can call Groeschel ‘a hero’ speaks volumes about just how detached the man is from reality, and just how contemptuous he is of those whose lives have been ruined by his beloved church.

  8. barriejohn says:

    AgentCormac: They have a new defence now. Rather than “He was helping to lift my luggage” it’s “I was having a nervous breakdown”!

  9. Broga says:

    @barriejohn. I don’t know whether this rates as a defence but they are using a lot of the “We are shocked and stunned at the lack of action on abuses and we must do something about this.” This is followed by, “We are taking over supervision to make sure this never happens again.” Entire countries are aware of what has been happening, and we must assume is still happening, and the perpetrators and their hierarchy are amazed. Then it is the very churches who have presided over the abuse who now claim that they will “make sure it never happens again.” Oh yes!

    My tame local christian tells me that what is happening in the churches is “no worse and probably not as bad” as what is happening in secular organisations such as schools. And she added, “And you shouln’t forget all the good that religion is doing.” So that’s OK then. She didn’t say how she knew.

  10. tony e says:

    Barriejohn and AgentCormac,

    I think we can safely say that he has finally lost the plot.

  11. barriejohn says:

    Yes, Broga: where’s her evidence that abuse is as widespread outside of the church? Remember all that “satanic abuse” that was supposed to be going on a few years ago and for which they had not a shred of evidence whatsoever? They’re beyond a joke!

  12. AgentCormac says:

    barriejohn & Broga – Does she think that because there are paedophiles outside the church it somehow excuses the fact that there are so many within it? It is unforgivable that any person who is entrusted with the care of children should betray that trust – whether it’s in a secular or religious institution. However, what is particularly odious about the people that Bill Donohue constantly defends is that they are the ones who lecture the rest of us on morality and sin. The irony is, unsurprisingly, lost on the religiots every single time.

  13. barriejohn says:

    AgentCormac: Not forgetting that the church itself knew full well, in many cases, what was going on, and has been covering it up for years to protect its own reputation!

  14. AgentCormac says:

    Just seen on the BBC website that an interview with Carlo Martini, the Italian Cardinal of the RCC who died yesterday, is about to be published in which he stated that the catholic church is ‘200 years behind the times’.

    Should be an interesting little article!

  15. Broga says:

    @AgentCormac: This woman can be faintly amusing in her assertions. I long ago preferred to raise questions she could not answer rather than attempt any debate. With her any “solution” she invents is always preferred to admitting that her lifelong beliefs might just be wrong. She did get under my guard earlier this year when she raised her eyebrows and shook her head when she heard my mother was going to have a Humanist funeral. Bloody cheek! That little exchange led to her saying that she was sure that “If you ask the vicar I am sure he can give you an answer.”

    As to the funeral it could not have been better and the undertaker was excellent. He told me how much much I had saved by not using a church and vicar and said Humanist funerals were now “quite usual.” I thought we might be rather exceptional. We had a “green” coffin, various relatives spoke for a few minutes about my mum and we played some of her favourite music.

  16. Alby says:

    Well what a big surprise Roman Catholic priests involved in child sex abuse. Soon as you see the first three words, ‘Roman Catholic priests…’ you just know what’s going to follow.

  17. Bubblecar says:

    Attention “Catholic” parents: Don’t leave your kids alone with – or anywhere near – men who are sworn to avoiding sexual contact on account of its sinfulness & unholy impurity etc.

    These are likely to be strange and tragic men. It’s not rocket science.

  18. Mark Richards says:

    Interesting to note, in the “Reverend” Richard McCormick case, is the fact that the Judge set bail for this alleged predator at 1,000 USD and released him to the custody of the same religious order he was involved in at the time the rape is alleged to have occurred.

    1,000 USD is a pittance in today’s economy, but I can understand, particularly if the “reverend” is penniless. But placing the “reverend” into the same system, under the frock of which he allegedly perpetrated his crime, counts as clueless.

  19. Broga says:

    “These are likely to be strange and tragic men.” I have often thought this description is accurate. There they are, trained or brainwashed to believe they are special and above ordinary mortals, and supposed to deny and repress the most demanding of human instincts. And I am not just referring to the sexual drive but to so many other requirements of a mature human being. We are social creatures and yet they must live apart. The ordinary routine pleasures of life we take for granted they must behave as if they do not need them.

    While presenting one face to the world they are in turmoil inside. They cannot defeat nature and we see the results and their victims suffer from them.

  20. Trevor Blake says:

    What would really upset me would be learning that decades ago the Pope issued a secret statement to all the Roman Catholic bishops in the world that stated when clergy rape children the clergy are to be moved to a different parish and the raped child is to be sworn to secrecy. Having a later Pope identify and confirm that policy would be even worse. If such a thing were true it would mean all this rape by clergy was not made up of isolated cased, but was instead an international child rape ring operated by a head of state.

    Yes, I’m sure glad that that there’s no such thing as the Crimine Solicitaciones. Because then I’d be very upset indeed. I might even become one of those ‘angry atheists’ we are all warned about.

  21. Robster says:

    Seems all clerics are (correctly) tarred by the same brush. They’re ALL crook, it can be safely said cleric=child rapist. It’s taken a while but the truth always wins out in the end. they need their own wee country far far away where they can prey on each other while praying to their dead magic jew and imaginary friend.

  22. Matt Westwood says:

    “… they need their own wee country far far away …”

    Aah, just give them an enclave in the centre of somewhere like Rome, where the efficient, rigorous, duty-bound Italians can keep a stern eye on them.

  23. barriejohn says:

    Giving them bail and releasing them into the custody of their orders is such a good idea, as all are keen to deal with this cancer that is destroying the reputation of the church:

  24. Angela_K says:

    So we have various Government enquires into Press abuse, Bankers abuse etc, but no enquiry into Priestly child abuse – it is not as though kiddie fiddling priests are a recent phenomena. Why are Governments so terrified of challenging religious cults?

  25. Robster says:

    Re: Angela_K, “Why are Governments so terrified of challenging religious cults?” The state government in Victoria, Australia is conducting an enquiry into child abuse in “all” organisations. The glaringly obvious thing is that they all seen to be churches or faith based organisation under the microscope.