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While Dolan prayed, his church preyed…

Saturday, September 8, 2012

On Thursday, Cardinal Timothy Dolan gave the closing prayer at the Democratic National Convention, offering a divisive sermon that touched on abortion and marriage equality.


“We ask your benediction on those waiting to be born, that they may be welcomed and protected.”

“Show us anew that happiness is found only in respecting the laws of nature and of nature’s God. Empower us with your grace so that we might resist the temptation to replace the moral law with idols of our own making, or to remake those institutions you have given us for the nurturing of life and community.”

While he prayed against my family and for the unborn, a Catholic leader in Kansas City, Bishop Robert W. Finn, was convicted of covering up the crimes of a pedophile priest, Rev. Shawn Ratigan, who liked to take nude pictures of the barely born.

According to a detailed article by Laurie Goodstein in The New York Times:

In December 2010, Bishop Finn got some disturbing news: Father Ratigan had just tried to commit suicide by running his motorcycle in a closed garage. The day before, a computer technician had discovered sexually explicit photographs of young girls on Father Ratigan’s laptop, including one of a toddler with her diaper pulled away to expose her genitals.

There was a mountain of evidence that was ignored by Finn:

The bishop had advance warning about Father Ratigan, well before pornography was discovered on the priest’s laptop. Julie Hess, the principal of the parochial school, next door to St. Patrick Parish where Father Ratigan served, had sent a memorandum in May of 2010 to the diocese, which said:

“Parents, staff members, and parishioners are discussing his actions and whether or not he may be a child molester. They have researched pedophilia on the Internet and took in sample articles with examples of how Father Shawn’s actions fit the profile of a child predator.”

…other adults were alarmed about specific events: Father Ratigan had put a girl on his lap on a bus trip, attempted to “friend” an eighth grader on Facebook, and had an inappropriate “peer to peer” relationship with a fifth-grade girl. On a children’s group excursion to Father Ratigan’s house, parents spotted hand towels shaped to look like dolls’ clothes, and a pair of girls’ panties in a planter in his yard.

Unfortunately, Finn reduced these concerns to “boundary issues,” and even failed to contact authorities when a stash of kiddie porn was found on Ratigan’s laptop:

“…hundreds of photographs,” according to the testimony, many taken on playgrounds, under tables or in one case, while a girl was sleeping. Many pictures did not show faces — only close-ups of crotches. Ms. Creech wrote a report for her superiors noting that only four or five of the hundreds of pictures appeared to have been downloaded from the Internet: “the rest appeared to have been taken with a personal camera.”

Amazingly, the bishop assigned Father Ratigan to serve as an unsupervised chaplain to the Franciscan Sisters of the Holy Eucharist, in Independence, MO.

Over the next five months, Father Ratigan, who is now 46 attended a sixth-grader’s birthday party, co-celebrated a child’s confirmation, communicated with children on his Facebook page, hosted an Easter egg hunt and attended a parade, the testimony recounts. Invited to dinner at the home of parishioners, he was caught taking photographs, under the table, up their daughter’s skirt, according to a federal indictment of Father Ratigan.

Neither the bishop nor any church official told church members or Father Ratigan’s large extended family — which includes many children — that the priest had been ordered to stay away from children, Darron Blankenship, a brother-in-law of Father Ratigan and a police officer who has handled child abuse cases, said in an interview on Friday.

“For somebody that was under restrictions, he had free rein,” Officer Blankenship said. “He just went and did what he wanted.”

Instead of praying to end the depravity in his own church, resulting in billions of dollars in settlements, Dolan took his opportunity at the Democratic and Republican conventions to bash our healthy, happy families and promote a bogus storyline of Catholics losing religious liberty.

Want to talk about religious liberty Dolan? I think a toddler should have the freedom to attend a Catholic Church without having nude pictures taken of her — and the molester who took the photos shouldn’t freely walk away without paying the consequences.

Of course, what else can we expect from Dolan, a man who paid off suspected pedophile priests when he served in Milwaukee, so they would step down?

When it comes to talking about sexual morality, Timothy Dolan is the last person on the planet I’d listen to.

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32 more reader comments:

  1. Sometimes I think too much, sometimes I think too little but here go’s— It is legal for a person to abort a life if she don’t want a baby but it is Illegal for 2 people of the same sex to wed- as I have been told God says so- It’s seems to me that God also said Thou Shall NOT KILL!!!!! I’m a bit confused- two people in love is a crime but it’s OK to end the life of a human as a convienance???

    Posted on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 12:18pm
  2. Tom M. Couldn’t of said it better myself

    Posted on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 12:22pm
  3. Tom, you are a (probably) gay man. Stop talking about women, please.

    Posted on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 12:22pm
  4. EVIL BASTARDS!!

    Posted on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 12:23pm
  5. They want their neighbor to clean up their yards when their own is filled with trash.

    Posted on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 12:23pm
  6. let’s not resort to misogyny to combat homophobia, now.

    Posted on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 12:24pm
  7. judge not……….

    Posted on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 12:24pm
  8. Tom. Think about how many lives are taken in war. State AND church sanctioned war.

    Posted on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 12:25pm
  9. Wait a minute, Dolan gave the prayer at the Republican convention in Tampa, not the Democratic convention in Charlotte.

    Posted on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 12:28pm
  10. He rubbed his hands together and mumbled hateful words at an invisible sky-fairy at both conventions

    Posted on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 12:31pm
  11. I think he did both?

    Posted on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 12:31pm
  12. He did BOTH.

    Posted on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 12:34pm
  13. @michael: he did both. @Thomas, the Cathoic Church under both Pope JPII and Pope BenedictXVI repeatedly condemned the wars in Iraq & Afgansistan.

    Posted on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 12:34pm
  14. Lol. I love how men talk about birth control and rape like it’s their problem. What’s the difference between a straight republican ripping on GAY marriage and a man bitching about a WOMAN’S problem? Good God people are ignorant.

    Posted on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 12:39pm
  15. Information facilitates discussion. Discussion ignites thought. Thought unleashes understanding. Understanding supports knowledge. Knowledge is power. Take the power. Consider Liberation Theology.

    Posted on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 12:41pm
  16. Hey Marco, you do not live in the United States so why do you care about what we discuss in relation to our rights within our borders?

    Posted on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 12:46pm
  17. It’s called homophobia, Tom (as you no doubt know). :/ Logic means nothing to such retards… and most don’t know beans about the Commandment of Elohiym not to murder. But we may as well tell that to the US military war machine, which is gearing up to kill Iranians, possibly before November… on behalf of “our” favorite ally — Israhell. :(

    Posted on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 12:54pm
  18. The Catholic priest hood should be scrutinized and policed regularly without a doubt and without question. These men get away with too much. Sick.

    Posted on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 12:59pm
  19. Actually wonder why Dolan was at the DNC? As a Dem I don’t appreciate it one bit. Next time, Dems, have better sense please!

    Posted on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 1:01pm
  20. I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it: For not knowing God personally, people sure do put a lot of words in his mouth.

    Posted on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 1:46pm
  21. as long as the children are boys. They can’t get pregnant, so have their cake and destroy it as well.

    Posted on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 1:47pm
  22. Dolan is ignorant. Marriage, in the first place, was created by man. Therefore, we can change it to include everyone. Not just the straight people.

    Posted on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 4:00pm
  23. I couldn’t finish reading the article. I was too busy trying to keep from throwing up.

    Posted on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 4:06pm
  24. I am democrat and will vote for Obama, but I think it is stupid that they had this guy praying. They should have invited someone like Desmond Tutu.

    Posted on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 5:01pm
  25. What’s always bothered me is that it takes TWO people to create an embryo, fetus, newborn… (whatever terminology you want to use.) but only the WOMAN has the right to choose whether it gets aborted or not. As my Mom always said, the uterus is NOT your condo, it’s a room you’ve rented out for 40 weeks.

    Posted on Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 8:01am
  26. They should have invited someone like Desmond Tutu.

    Posted on Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 10:09am
  27. dolan pls

    Posted on Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 6:36pm
  28. Monsters.

    Posted on Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 6:45pm
  29. More hypocrisy

    Posted on Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 7:19pm
  30. dick head

    Posted on Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 7:58pm
  31. asshole

    Posted on Monday, September 10, 2012 at 6:15am
  32. He needs our prayer, people. For he knows not the Scripture, just Vatican II by heart. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal Himself to this man and quickly!

    Posted on Monday, September 10, 2012 at 10:14am