LA Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Hiding Pedophiles in Catholic Church
The Louisiana Supreme Court (LSC) has recently ruled that Catholic priests are not considered “mandatory reporters” of child abuses when the perpetrator is confessing during the sacramental confessional.
Per the LSC ruling: “Any communication made to a priest privately in the sacrament of confession for the purpose of confession, repentance, and absolution is a confidential communication under La. Code Evid. 511, and the priest is exempt from mandatory reporter status in such circumstances by operation of La. Child. Code art. 603, because “under the … tenets of the [Roman Catholic] church” he has an inviolable “duty to keep such communications confidential.”
According to the court, a mandatory reporter status does not apply to priests who discover child abuse information during a confession because of the allowances of privileged communications.
The LSC cited the Louisiana Children’s Code, Article 600 A(1) which states: “With respect to mandatory reporters: Notwithstanding any claim of privileged communication, any mandatory reporter who has cause to believe that a child’s physical or mental health or welfare is endangered as a result of abuse or neglect or that abuse or neglect was a contributing factor in a child’s death shall report in accordance with Article 610.”
The ramifications of the LSC decision could assist in hiding pedophiles within the Catholic Church, specifically the participating priests themselves.
This is a clear problem, evidenced earlier this year when the Seattle Catholic Archdiocese, Archbishop J. Peter Satain released 77 names of clergy who have been implicated in sexual abuse of minors. These men have either “admitted” to the abuse, or accusations against them were “determine to be credible”.
The list published took nearly 24 months to compile .
Going back to the 1930s, this list includes priests who served at length in locations such as:
• Assumption parish in Bellingham
• St. Joseph in Vancouver
• Our Lady of Good Help in Hoquaim
While 41 of the priests, brothers and various religious members have passed on – one of these priests was moved to 9 different parishes over the course of his career, despite being sexually involved with children.
Last year the Catholic Church made a stunning move when Archbishop John Nienstedt and Auxiliary Bishop Lee Anthony Piche resigned their positions with the approval of Pope Francis amid a cover-up by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis of child sexual abuse.
Pinche said in a public statement: “The people of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis need healing and hope. I was getting in the way of that, and so I had to resign.”
Nienstedt wrote that his resignation was given so that the archdiocese could have “a new beginning”.
The “turned a blind eye” approach was not acceptable to prosecutors who said that “as a corporation [ignoring] repeated reports of inappropriate behavior by a priest who later pleaded guilty to molesting two boys.”
The resignations came on heels of Francis announcing a tribunal court to hold bishops accountable for clergy sexual abuse of minors.
The Vatican empowered itself to use its influence to shift the direction of investigations into alleged bishop cover-ups.
Under this new system, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith the authority to “judge bishops with regard to crimes of the abuse of office when connected to the abuse of minors.”
Absent from this new protocol is any new penalties for bishops who are found to be involved in cover-ups.
According to Terence McKiernan, president of BishopAccountability, the tribunal system is a self-contained “black box” that is not transparent to the public in terms of decisions and investigations into priest pedophiles.
For public relations purposes, McKiernan says this remains “a huge problem in the Catholic Church”.
A year prior to this stunt, United Nations called for the Vatican to “immediately remove” all priests and clergy that are known child molesters and abusers.
The UN asserted that the Holy See is aware of these acts and have remained complacent while allowing these priests to hold office and continue to sexually abuse thousands of children.
This “devastating report” condemns the Vatican and “severely criticizes the Holy See” for hypocrisy in “its attitudes toward homosexuality, contraception and abortion and said it should review its policies to ensure children’s rights and their access to health care are guaranteed.”
The “code of silence” has been the facilitator of predators within the Catholic Church.
UN experts from the Rights of the Child (RTC) conducted interviews with the Holy See to understand how “clerical abuse [could] go unchecked for decades” as well as the continual “refusal to admit the extent of the problem and [the Church’s] failure to adopt adequate measures to prevent further crimes.”
Shockingly, the investigators state that “tens of thousands of children worldwide” have been victimized by members of the Church.
According to the report from the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) outlines that these “well-known child sex abusers” were for years “being transferred from parish to parish in an attempt to cover up such crimes”. As a result of moving rather than reporting pedophiles, “…in many countries… dozens of child sex offenders are reported to still be in contact with children.”
Massimo DeGregori, priest for the Holy See’s diplomatic corps claims that: “While we don’t deny the gravity (of child sex abuse), someone is trying to take advantage of the UN committee procedure.”