Taking Care Of It

I was writing this as a comment to Scout’s posthere but it got too long.

For four years I reported on the priest sexual abuse scandal, a scandal that is not and never was about priests or sex. The true scandal was the abuse of power on the part of Roman Catholic bishops who used their positions to safeguard those who preyed on the faithful. The scandal was about powerful men who gave the benefit of the doubt to those who were like them, whose privilege insulated them from the concerns of their flock, who were charged with the protection of all those within their purview and protected only those they cared about protecting.

And the reason I don’t believe Boehner when he says he thought Hastert was “taking care of it …” Actually, let me reprhase that. I actually do believe Boehner thought Hastert was “taking care of it.” I don’t believe he really gave that much of a shit one way or the other, though, and the reason I don’t believe it is that every single time, as a reporter, I confronted some molester-protecting official my questions were met with, “Well, I told somebody to take care of it.”

I did everything I could, they’d say, as though if you really care that much about stamping out sex abuse you send a memo and never follow up. You make a phone call, and then you try not to think about it anymore. You tell a lawyer to make it go away. You don’t ever dig deep to find out what really happened, you don’t sit down and demand to know everything, all there is to know so that there’s no surprises. Nah. Screw that. Just make it go away.

Hastert’s clearly at fault here, but just as clear is that Boehner really didn’t give that much of a damn if the Republican Congressman from Florida was making improper advances to a 16-year-old boy. If he had, if he’d been true to those family values his party likes to talk so much about, he’d have made damn sure “it” was “taken care of.” By the police.

He’d have called every day. He’d have followed up. He damn sure would be able to remember even speaking to Hastert, and when he spoke to him, and what he said. What, do so many Republican congressmen send dirty IMs to boys that it’s hard to keep track? Come on. I admit I just heard about this yesterday but I gotta tell you, it’s gonna be a while beforeI forget it. I know Boehner’s a busy guy, but you can’t tell me that if this really mattered it would have been tough to clear his schedule.



5 thoughts on “Taking Care Of It

  1. ” I was writing this as a comment to Scout’s post here but it got too long.”
    I may be the only one that feels this way but to me everything you write is long. Maybe it’s all good but with my short attention span I feel like I miss out on most of what you have to say. Can you put a summary out with the stuff you write? Then if I have time or interest I could read the whole thing.
    I’m not trying to be an ass I’m just stating a fact of my pathetic life.

  2. And by the way I did read all of this and it was good. My summary would be, This scandle shows what is wrong with the people in control of the republican party. They are more loyal to their party than they are to the rule of law.

  3. Athenae,
    One thing I find very disturbing is that the priests, fathers, whatever you want to call them do not have even drivers licenses, no form of identification at all even though they drive. I read in the Texas Observer about a case envolving a priest who had been murdered in West Texas. It took a long time to identfy him because he had no identification. It appears that he was able to evade the law for years with his predatory conduct on young men, mostly Hispanic. The law just gave him a pass because he was a priest. The young man that was tried for the crime was probably not guilty.
    I guess I tie this to the Foley case in the same way. A Congressman would be able to smooth the wheels the same way. Coverup, do-over, it all amounts to the same thing. If you have a priviledged position, you get a pass. Disgusting.

  4. “…priests, fathers, whatever you want to call them do not have even drivers licenses, no form of identification at all even though they drive.”
    Huh? Do I take you to mean that you think all Catholic Priests don’t get drivers licenses, or carry identification, as a function of their being priests?
    I’ve been a Catholic all my life, went to Catholic grade school and Catholic High School, I had an aunt who was a nun. I’ve never heard of such a thing in my entire life.
    I supposed that it is possible – I mean I can’t say that I ever asked my aunt to see her ID, or checked the license of our priest / cross country coach when he’d drive us to meets – but I would be utterly stunned if such I think were true. I can just about guarantee you that it is not.

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