Any sense of justice?

He was a father figure to the boy. And he abused that trust. In addition, he threatened the boy and his brothers about what would happen if anybody told.

So nobody told.

Every time I think about this I feel a little bit crazy and I can hear the blood drumming in my ears. Because it is clear to me that the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic church is far bigger than any decent human being could comprehend. And the church covered it up. For years and years. You want to see an overwhelming display of how widespread this was? Take a look at the priests involved in the Philadelphia Diocese. This is just Philadelphia, mind you.

In Chicago, the recent news has been about Cardinal George’s knowledge and handling of the numerous allegations of abuse. George attempted to intervene in the case of one priest who was convicted of criminal sexual abuse, Norbert Maday. In 2000 George wrote the following:

As you know, we are trying… to make some definite efforts to have a sentence reduction in your case. Hopefully, some good souls will see that six years of incarceration you have already endured are enough to satisfy the state and any sense of justice.”

Six years. And six years later George was delinquent in removing another priest even after criminal charges had been filed. As a result, yet another young boy was harmed. Read George’s deposition, and it’s clear that his interest was more in protecting the church than in protecting children.

In Maday’s case, the defense attorney wanted to bring up the past drug abuse of one of the victims in order to discredit him. This seemed like the most ironic turn of all–because the likelihood is that the victim became a drug abuser because of the sexual abuse. That’s what often happens. Kids are subject to poor self-esteem, and depression, and drug and alcohol abuse. They fail at school. They become targets of bullies. They cut, they act out, they abuse other children and they commit suicide.

Yet like with accusations of racism, the media seems only too quick to paint George as an innocent party. The Chicago Tribune headline read “Cardinal lifts the veil on abuses.” It appears that this is not quite true. The veil would have remained clamped down if the church had its way.

I look at some of the pictures of the victims, many of them middle-aged. One of the sites for clergy accountability posts pictures of the victims at the ages at which they were attacked. It’s hard to see those little girls in their First Communion dresses. The faces of innocent little boys. Knowing that predators preyed on them and abused their trust. And that so many for so long turned their heads and pretended nothing was happening. Meanwhile, children were being destroyed.

The man I know is in his sixties now. And for him, I say Fuck You Cardinal George. Too little, too late.

2 thoughts on “Any sense of justice?

  1. Mayday was never given a fair trial in Wisconsin. Not only not being able to bring up this kids drug history and not being able to point out the lies about an alleged porno film in their false accusations in Illinois. It is obvious that these “kids” are looking for a lottery win.

  2. The archdiocese recorded more than 35 individual complaints of sexual abuse by Maday. So it wasn’t just about these two accusers.

    One of the victims was TEN at the time he was raped. Please note what I wrote above:

    In Maday’s case, the defense attorney wanted to bring up the past drug abuse of one of the victims in order to discredit him. This seemed like the most ironic turn of all–because the likelihood is that the victim became a drug abuser because of the sexual abuse.

    That victim received just $18,000 in compensation. Hardly a “lottery win.” He committed suicide.

    Maday had another hearing on June 4 to determine whether he could be released.

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