Fr. Wehmeyer did it...
News of local priest abuser, Fr. Curtis Wehmeyer's sentencing was in the paper yesterday. I didn't want to say anything about it, but since the story broke, people have alerted me - I suppose because I know who he is and I've written about him before.
What totally pisses me off about these stories is that people seem to think I rejoice in these news stories. That I indulge in a sort of schadenfreude over the take down, arrest, and prosecution of priests for sexual abuse. Are you nuts? You really think that? This crap opens wounds, painful memories, as well as rekindles shame for what happened to me. I can't help but recall how I as a victim was regarded as the bad kid - the dirty kid - because I allowed it. That said, how can I rejoice when Christ is mocked? How can I rejoice when the priesthood is discredited, when Cardinals and Bishops are portrayed as nothing better than pimps for problem priests?
Priests, and/or former religious priests, of all people, should know better than to try and make excuses or attempt to cover up the problem of homosexual men who are admitted to Holy Orders. They are participnts in the same negative culture of denial and cover-up Bishops are accused of. Frequently gay men get themselves ordained in a monastery, religious order or congregation, only to get themselves laicized and pursue incardination into a diocese of their convenience, one in need of priests. It's the oldest trick in the book. Likewise, even when someone like Wehmeyer is NOT recommended as a good candidate for seminary, the candidate is accepted by a sympathetic rector or vocation director. You guys know this as well as I do.
I don't take delight in people like Monsignor Meth or Fr. Wehmeyer or any other pervert getting caught. I point this crap out not to delight over the fall of a priest or even a Cardinal, but to point out there were enablers, as well as the lack of discretion in accepting and admitting to ordination homosexual men - who are easily deluded into believing they are called to priesthood. Fr. Wehmeyer was appointed a pastor in a suburban parish - an inexperienced administrator - a man with sexual and substance abuse issues, assigned to a parish without any supervision or accountability. No assistant, no immediate pastor. The guy was on his own. The parishioners left to the mercy of a priest who probably should never have been ordained.
This keeps happening.
Yet there are defenders of the faith, who claim pointing out these matters is a sin against charity, a sin of detraction and slander, or at the very least, schadenfreude. Perhaps they protest too much. Perhaps I do as well.