Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Another Catholic Priest Sex Abuse Scandal

This one dates back to 1979. According to the victim (Ben Rodriguez), he was invited to watch pornography by the priest (Father Gordon Pillon) as a 15-year-old boy. I didn't see any specifics on what happened after that, except that the priest molested him for the next several years. Rodriguez then became a priest himself. He served a parish in Peoria, Illinois for 16 years, he says, before they forced him out when he began talking about his past experiences.

You can read the story from Associated Press here:


I'm not going to pretend to know if any of this is true. But I would point out how excited the media will get now that they have yet another scandal to talk about.

Well, we know this stuff will keep happening. The seminaries are in a sad state of decay, drawing the wrong sort of people to the priesthood. Those people end up being bishops, and the corruption only gets worse. The Catholic universities in America is just an extension of that problem. We can see it now at Notre Dame and at the university in Georgetown where they covered up the crosses so that they could get Obama to speak there.

This won't get any better without breaking some eggs. If the American Church would let a few more priests go (including many of the bishops who made bad decisions) and try to rebuild with priests who embrace the teachings of Christ, we might eventually see some real changes. Until then, we have to keep praying.

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