Outing the pedophile priest enablers
The Village Voice blows the clergy pedophilia scandal wide open, profiling a priest who works on behalf of abuse victims who is alleging in a lawsuit what we already suspect — the child molesters are being protected by the dysfunctional, sick closeted hierarchy who are afraid of being outed.
A priest’s lawsuit is about to kick the closet door of the head of the New York archdiocese, Cardinal Edward Egan, wide open, as well as some others.
The suit, now pending in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, was filed on December 13 by Bob Hoatsonâ€”a 53-year-old New Jersey priest considered a stalwart ally among survivors of sexual abuse by clergy. Hoatson, the now-suspended chaplain for Catholic Charities in Newark, is suing Egan and nine other Catholic officials and institutions, claiming a pattern of “retaliation and harassment” that began after Hoatson alleged a cover-up of clergy abuse in New York and started helping victims.
But that’s not all his lawsuit claims. Halfway through the 44-page complaint, the priest-turned-advocate drops a bomb on the cardinal: He alleges that Egan is “actively homosexual,” and that he has “personal knowledge of this.” His suit names two other top Catholic clerics in the region as actively gayâ€”Albany bishop Howard Hubbard and Newark archbishop John Myers.
Outed: Egan, Hubbard, Myers
It’s not that Hoatson has a problem with, as the suit puts it, “consensual, adult private sexual behavior by these defendants.”
No, what Hoatson claims is that, as leaders of a church requiring celibacy and condemning homosexuality, actively gay bishops are too afraid of being exposed themselves to turn in pedophile priests. The bishops’ closeted homosexuality, as the lawsuit states, “has compromised defendants’ ability to supervise and control predators, and has served as a reason for the retaliation.”
Hoatson realizes what he’s up against. “I stopped and I thought long and hard about these allegations,” he says. “It’s time the church confronts this dysfunction. I couldn’t do this outside of filing a lawsuit. The only thing the church responds to is negative publicity or a lawsuit. If I kept trying to do this within the system, I would be gone.”
This is an explosive, lengthy article, well worth the read.
How do you think the Vatican will respond to this? They’ve had the luxury of buying off victims, but this lawsuit is another animal altogether. Assume that they will do everything possible to destroy Hoatson’s character — that’s a given, but if he produces some damning homo evidence, what will the church do then?