” ‘It is not correct to assume that every allegation of sexual abuse of a minor by a Catholic priest, is true,’ Archdiocese spokesperson Susan Burritt told the I-Team.” This quote is from this news story, Victims’ advocates upset at priest Fr. Michael O’Connell treatment after allegation, voluntarily stepped aside at St. Alphonsus in Lakeview | abc7chicago.com , reported by ABC News’ Chicago affiliate, WLS. It is in reference to yet another rape allegation made against a Catholic priest by an adult male saying the priest molested him when he was a young boy. This is not just ANY priest either, mind you, but a big wig in the Chicago Archdiocese, Fr. Michael O’Connell, pastor of St. Alphonsus Parish in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood.
Here is another quote from the story: “A Northwest Side Chicagoan, Father O’Connell was featured in an article a year ago in the archdiocesan newspaper. In it he discusses having been in the first seminary class ordained by Cardinal Bernardin: ‘He referred to us as being ‘rookies’ with him,’ O’Connell was quoted. ‘There was a special bonding.’ ” I’ll bet there was, a bonding in the brotherhood of little boy rapist priests, and those who enable them, no doubt. The response of the Archdiocese of Chicago to this allegation is utterly disgusting and shameful. At this point, the Church MUST assume that EVERY fucking claim by an adult rapist priest survivor IS true until proven otherwise, if for no other reason than to PRETEND they are taking the problem seriously. Clearly, they are not. Their track record as a breeding ground for little boy rapists and those who hide them is truly unparalleled in the annuals of modern human history. Worse yet is that Fr. O’Connell has been allowed to voluntarily remove himself from his duties as pastor of St. Alphonsus to go where ever he wishes to without having to inform anyone, except his Archdiocesan enablers, of course, where he is. In other words, he’s free to hunt little boys freely, in which ever community he decides to hide his rapist ass, until he’s legally obligated to do otherwise. This is the result of the undeserved deference religion still receives throughout the civilized world, here in America most of all. We Americans are a brain-washed society. We feel having”faith” in invisible deities and giving deference to the proclaimers of their moral codes to be more sacred than even the well-being of our own children. (Please be sure to check out the reader responses to the article I’ve provided to see exactly how right I am about this). Every time a rapist priest is allowed to hide himself amongst the unwary, to rape again, we are all to blame. WE have created this culture of religious deference, and WE allow it to continue. It is time to change it. We can start by calling what Fr. O’Donnell is accused of exactly what it is: the rape of little boys. That’s what it is when a grown man seduces and sexually uses a child for his own sick sexual gratification: Rape. And those who do it are little boy rapists, little boy priest rapists. Period. I’m fucking finished with giving religious people a deference they most certainly have done NOTHING to earn. Act like parents and protect your god damn kids before you stick up for your fucking priests, and then maybe I’ll respect you.