Jan 24, 2006

Is Wempe a victim?

Homosexual predators' lawyers really should quit practicing law and enter the arts. That's because nobody is gifted with more creativity.

Take Leonard Levine, who is defending Michael Wempe against charges that the ex-priest molested a boy after Cardinal Mahony made Wempe, a known molester who had received "therapy," a chaplain at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Wempe has admitted molesting 13 boys years earlier, but Levine says one of them who is now describing those crimes is lying. Why? To get even with Wempe for past crimes against the victim's two brothers, whose cases the U.S. Supreme Court torpedoed in a 2003 ruling that struck down a California law allowing prosecution of decades-old sex crimes.

"He wanted to make sure Michael Wempe went to prison, and he wanted to increase the price the defendant and the Church would have to pay," Levine informed the world. The victim, a former altar boy at St. Elizabeth's Mission in Lake Hughes, told the court Wempe committed sex crimes against him on 100-plus occasions.

Eight victims are now revealing what Wempe did to them, although thanks to the Supremes the ex-priest cannot be prosecuted in those cases.

But Cardinal Mahony's creativity matches even lawyer Levine's.

Incredibly, the Cardinal's newspaper, The Tidings (January 20), asserts that in the past "society at large," including our bishops, simply did not know about the "compulsive nature of the sexual abuse of minors." The poor bishops, you see, were innocent victims of those darned therapists who assured the shepherds that they could send "treated" sex criminals back into the ministry. (If the bishops really think therapists were guilty of malpractice, why don't they sue them?)

The article, Treating Priests Who Abuse: Then and Now, goes on to rap Catholic therapists for not telling the world that things are different now.

Anything, it seems, to deflect the blame away from the hierarchy.


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10:05 PM  
Blogger Nighthaven said...

In these troubling times its hard to keep faith in the face of adversity. Especially if the adversity comes from within the church.

I look through this, and try to find a reason for it all. God has to be using Cardinal Mahony as a signal beacon to the Vatican. If perhaps they see this signal, they will turn their attention to America and root out the wrongs within it.

At least that is what I'm hoping. Surely god would not allow this if it didn't serve some kind of purpose.

With the anti-catholic trend being spread over different media circles, we really don't need Mahony drawing their attention. Last thing we need is the media supporting their arguements against Christs Church by drawing a line straight to Mahony. "Not even the catholics themselves believe in their own principles," A quote I can already hear them writing if Mahony should catch their eye.

Holy Mary mother of God pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

1:58 AM  
Anonymous Francis X Bautista said...

Another great post, Q.

10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah Q in all honesty this place is always worth a daily look and you're doing a great service... good for you-

4:06 PM  
Blogger Venerable Aussie said...

Hey Q, I visited the Taj Mahony last week. It had all the beauty you've been warning about. Loved the downstairs Mausoleum bit. That's probably going to be the main stumbling block in turning the building into a concert hall at some future stage. We tried to find the scary angels but they eluded us.

Enjoyed the Catholic Resource Centre conference at Pomona.

6:09 PM  
Anonymous Quintero said...

I hear the conference was great. Some of my barrio friends attended it. There was a great talk, they said, by Brad Pitre (spelling?)

7:26 PM  
Anonymous Quintero said...

Hey Venerable-

You should have told me you were in town. I would have given you a personal tour of Roger Stadium.

Maybe next time.

7:29 PM  
Blogger Venerable Aussie said...

Sorry, I should have been more organised and let you know in advance. We should catch up next time. The Cathedral visit was immediately followed by a couple of hours at the LA Motor Show and I don't need to tell you which one was the highlight of the day!

The talk on Sunday morning by Brant Petre was apparently amazing (I was outside checking all the bookstalls and missed it). Everyone was talking about it, and I bought a copy of it on CD and will hopefully get around to listening to it in the next few days (we only arrived back here yesterday). This guy is going to go a long way. Email me if you want a copy and I'll see what I can do.

8:10 PM  
Blogger Quo Vadis said...

Yeah I visited the Taj Mahony the day after I watched the Longhorns in the Rose Bowl. I found it interesting that they had room for art galleries in the niches they call chapels but no room for Our Lady of Guadeloupe, which is now just a faded shell of its former magnificence. Its simply too late to much with the poitrat except replace it with a new one so it can become water logged and faded. Tooks some pics but didn't get a close up of the shrine.

The mausoleum was interesting but it seems one of the Cardinals is bilocating as he has two crypts.

9:36 PM  
Blogger bobnd said...

Prosecute the suspects and have fair compensation for the victims. It is a time for the church to reunite in faith and love. Counseling will do fine, millions won't because the only people who will profit are the lawyers.

1:35 PM  

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