On my life's journey in the Archdiocese of Boston, I've crossed paths with more than my share of falsely accused priests.
Maybe my witness of my love for Christ, so deep that I choose pleasing Him above all things, makes them feel safe.
Whatever the reason, I have been privy to their experiences at the hands of the diocesan kangaroo process.
What Fr. Corapi describes is right on the money.
The accuser does not have to meet any litmus test for 'credibility' of the accusation. In fact, their story can be impossible to have taken place, the priest can have witnesses and facts that vindicate him and they are still out of their ministries for over ten years.
During that time, the allegations are withheld from them and their attorneys. They are forbidden from defending themselves.
Their money is cut off so that hiring an attorney relies on getting somebody to do it pro bono.
What do you think the chances are of that?
They bankrupt you financially, morally and spiritually.
There are no rules of civil procedure. In fact, the accused does not have to testify under pains and penalties of perjury while the priests are forced to sign away their right to civilly recover damages for libel, slander and defamation of character. You cannot cross examine.
The diocese, at least here in Boston, provides the accuser with a coach.
You read that right. The archdiocese helps to coach the accuser.
I am not able to disclose at this point in time what I know about their kangaroo process but some day we're going to blow it out of the water.
You think you're disgusted with them now, just wait until you hear what they have been doing to innocent priests.
I've often said to them that we should put together a book of ten or twelve of their stories. Let it rip.
The overwhelming majority of them go through a period where they want to leave the priesthood. In fact, every one of them I know has gone through this period. Most of them will thankfully celebrate Mass privately every day as they are allowed to do and somehow hold on.
The rage and depression they experience is very, very intense....
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
From Carol McKinley at The Tenth Crusade: