Friday, September 10, 2004
NO TAX EXEMPTIONS FOR PEDOPHILES!!
August 5th, 2004
Senator Dianne Feinstein
United States Senate
331 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Senator Barbara Boxer
United States Senate
112 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Representative Nancy Pelosi
United States House of Representatives
450 Golden Gate Avenue, # 145378
San Francisco, California 94102
Honorable Senators Feinstein & Boxer, and Honorable Representative Pelosi: (California's Angels)
Last February 23, my friend Patrick McSorley died alone in his Boston apartment, at the young age of just 29. Patrick had spent the last three years of his life battling a heroin addiction that he just could not kick, which eventually killed him!
"The memories of what had happened to Patrick as a child, he had to battle with every day," a childhood friend of Paul's mentioned to me on the phone right before his funeral. "He would do almost anything to escape the pain that those memories brought him."
As a 12 year-old boy, Patrick McSorley had agreed to go out for an ice cream with Father John J. Geoghan, who had offered his comfort and trust ... as Patrick struggled to understand why his father had just committed suicide. Instead of comfort, Father John Geoghan molested my friend in backseat of his car.
Patrick McSorley was just one (1) of more than 130 victims of this serial predator named Father Geoghan. This Roman Catholic priest had been moved eight (8) separate times... from one parish to next parish... for more than two decades, all while the Church's leaders tried to silenced the accusers. Geoghan was eventually defrocked, but only after his arrest in 1998 for molesting a 10 year old boy. He was eventually sent to prison, where true justice was finally administered.
Patrick McSorley was one of the first sexual abuse victims to go public with his story; he appeared at several news conferences and he became a very vocal critic of how the Boston Archdiocese handled its sexually abusive priests. Although the church knew Father John Geoghan was a pedophile, Catholic authorities shuffled him from parish to parish whenever sexual allegations were reported. Almost all of Geoghan's victims were grammar school boys; one was only 4 years old.
Ironically, the same day that Patrick McSorley's young body was laid to rest in a small Massachusetts cemetery -- American Catholic Church officials had convened a press conference in an effort to bury the whole abuse scandal.
However, this scandal would not be as easy to bury....as so many of the other Church scandals have been. The John Jay College of Law study, which was commissioned by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, estimated that sexual abuse had been committed by 4,392 priests against 0,667 children, between 1950 and 2002:
SOME CHURCH SEX SCANDAL FACTS:
* Catholic priests in 95% of all UP.S. dioceses, have been accused of abuse, that is 1 in every 10 priests ordained in 1970.
* Most allegations of abuse were never reported to police by Church bishops--and 95% of the priests were and will never be charged with a crime.
* Nearly 30% of the victims were abused for two to four years, while an additional 10% were abused for up to nine years.
* 149 priests--were brutal serial pedophiles--abusing 2,960, or (27%) of all the known Church sexual abuse victims.
Californians must now bear witness to a whole new phase of these Church sex abuse proceedings, as more than 800 victims from Los Angeles Archdiocese and 140 victims from the San Deigo diocese begin to finally have their own day in court.
Many California Catholics are now struggling with many of their own questions, concerning what involvement (or knowledge) Cardinal Roger Mahony (Los Angeles Archdiocese) and Archbishop William Levada(San Francisco Archdiocese) had about the current sexual abuse scandal. Additionally, what did Archbishop William Levada know about the scandals that just forced his former Portland diocese into bankruptcy.
So the question I guess we all now forced to ask ourselves is, "Does the Catholic Church attract child sexual predator, or does it mold them?" Somehow, after with the California Archioceses now looking at paying out $1.5 to $2.25 billion in legal settlements here, I find myself perplexed by the fact that some people still find this to be an unanswerable riddle.
I find myself now being reminded of a quote from the great British scholar Lord Acton, "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts.....ABSOLUTELY."
The unaccountable power that the US Catholic Church now enjoys, may not be exactly absolute... but it is pretty darn close. It appears that the US Church's hierarchy is in fact not accountable to anybody at all, as Cardinal Law is still today a free man.
Catholics don't get to elect their bishops, the Pope in Rome appoints them himself. Catholics also don't get to elect their Popes. A Pope serves for his life, and when he dies his successor is elected by the "College of Cardinals," a relatively small group of elite bishops. The term princes of the Church" still has much real meaning here.
If the members of the United States Congress and the Bush Administration are truly concerned about "Family Values," and protecting the "Family," then why hasn't Congress already stripped the US Catholic Church of their tax free status? More importantly, why has law enforcement not convicted all of the members of the Church, who were involved with these disgusting acts and send them to jail!
Instead, today the United States Congress has chosen to spend millions of taxpayer dollars, and a considerable amount of time, trying to stripe the civil rights of tax paying and consenting American adults.
So there you have it, a non taxpaying organization calling itself a religion of God (God would not turn his back on any His children), has knowingly been robbing the innocence of thousands of American children. Children just like my friend Patrick McSorley and the United States Congress has done NOTHING to end it! Instead it has chosen to once again allow the Church to seek out the homosexuals, and to allowed them to place the weight of the world's problems on shoulders of the LGBT community.
Homosexual or Heterosexual... what does it really matter? United States laws are very clear on this matter, if you committed sex crime against a child(ren) or you were an accessory (before or after the fact) to a sexual crime against a child(ren), and you failed to report it...then you go to jail!
Can there be ANY greater crime in this world, than a sexual crime against a child? I personally do not believe that there is any greater crime, and therefore I say just locked them ALL up, (homosexual, heterosexual or pedophile) and then just simply throw away the keys!
I thank you for time on this very important issue, and I also wanted to thank each of you, for your of your support in the defeat of the Federal Marriage Amendment.
Aaron E, Baldwin
San Francisco, CA 94114-2218