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AP investigates cases of predator priests in 21 countries shuffled around globe to continue raping

There he was, five decades later, the priest who had raped Joe Callander in Massachusetts. The photo in the Roman Catholic newsletter showed him with a smile across his wrinkled face, near-naked Amazon Indian children in his arms and at his feet. The Rev. Mario Pezzotti was working with children and supervising other priests in Brazil.

It’s not an isolated example.

In an investigation spanning 21 countries across six continents, The Associated Press found 30 cases of priests accused of abuse who were transferred or moved abroad. Some escaped police investigations. Many had access to children in another country, and some abused again.

— From the investigative piece “Predator priests shuffled around globe,” by AP’s Bradley Brooks and Alessandra Rizzo

I feel nauseous just reading that opening to this lengthy AP report that looked at 21 countries around the globe and found 30 cases of accused child-raping and molesting priests that were not taking out of “circulation” for defrocking, but given the infamous Vatican Shuffle where they could start up their sex crimes all over again, with a fresh set of kids.

“The pattern is if a priest gets into trouble and it’s close to becoming a scandal or if the law might get involved, they send them to the missions abroad,” said Richard Sipe, a former Benedictine monk and critic of what he says is a practice of international transfers of accused and admitted priest child abusers. “Anything to avoid a scandal.”

What, my friends, about the children? Oh yes, the Catholic Church has taken the moral stand that it needs to protect the children from the terror of marriage equality. Priorities.

Pleast go read the rest of this article. It will enrage you and break your heart for the innocents who suffered over and over when adults, religious adults, did nothing to stop it. The man who was abused in Massachusetts, Joe Callander, was 14 when he was raped three times in 1959 at Xaverian Missionary Faith High School in Holliston, MA, which is no longer open. There was a settlement in1993 for $175K; at that time there were at least two other charges that Pezzoti had molested others. The same year, Pezzoti wrote a letter of apology to Callander, in which he said the priest “cured himself in the jungle.”

Yes, as he was serving in the jungle with the Kayapo Indians — and their children, and he did so from 1970-2003.

The article goes into other cases just like this. And what will the Pope do?

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