SEXUAL PREDATOR PRIESTS
There are a small number of Catholic priests in Irish Dioceses and Religious Orders who are sexual predators of vulnerable women!
I am not talking about a priest who falls in love with one woman who then has to face the dilemma of either giving up the priesthood and leaving to marry the woman - or giving up the relationship and staying in the priesthood. This is a very understandable human situation and is in fact a "tragedy" for the priest and woman. This can be solved by making celibacy for priests optional.
But I am talking about the cases of cynical "Jack The Lad" priests who are not in love with anyone - except themselves - who target woman after woman in order to have a highly active sex life. These priests quite typically have several women on the go at the one time!
The case of a religious order priest comes to mind. At the time I met ONE of his women he had three women on the go at the one time - a nun, a widow and a married woman.
The nun, he said, was his "spiritual wife" and he allowed himself to have full penetrative sex with the nun. The widow and the married woman were his "bits on the side" and he had non-penetrative sex with these two women.
What's more he made sure that all three women knew about each other's existence as he seemed to "get off" on having three women fighting over him!
The woman who came to me for help eventually, with my help, approached his superior and got nowhere? Why? Because the superior was himself in a relationship with a woman!
Thankfully my lady was able to cut him loose and over time has achieved some healing. But from what we hear he still has the other two on the go - and for all we know may have replaced my friend with another vulnerable woman?
This case is repeated time and time again in dioceses and religious up and down Ireland.
The two famous cases of womanising priests were the cases of Bishop Eamon Casey and Father Michael Cleary.
Bishop Casey seduced Annie Murphy who was sent over to him by relatives from the USA so that he could help her overcome a recent divorce.
|Pope and Casey after Casey had seduced Annie|
Casey seduced her after drinking glasses of brandy and milk and he made Annie pregnant with Peter. Casey and some nuns tried to coerce Annie into giving Peter up for adoption - which she refused. Casey refused to acknowledge his son and eventually used diocesan money to make him a pay off. Was Annie Casey's only woman?
|Peter - the bishop's son|
Michael Cleary was the show biz priest who seduced Phylis Hamilton when she was 17 and had two children with her. Many in the clergy say that Cleary had other women - and indeed other children.
|Cleary with Phylis and son Ross|
When these priests belong to dioceses they usually have a woman in every parish they are sent to - and they often have more than one! In fact in one parish I know the parish priest was having sex with two twin sisters. Sometimes he slept with one, sometimes with the other - and occasionally with the two of them together!
Occasionally these priests get the women pregnant - pregnancies that end up in miscarriages or even in abortions in England!
Very often these affairs are the talk of the parish. Occasionally parishioners get so disgusted that they go and see the bishop. What does the bishop do? He moves the priest to another parish and the fun begins all over again!
Of course the police never have to become involved because the priests and women are all well over the age of consent.
As I write this I am involved in two cases of predator priests in the one diocese. The cases have been referred to the bishop.
Some years ago I founded a little group called BETHANY - a support group for women who have been involved in abusive relationships with priests. To date we have had contact with 120 + women.
Some of the women - after joining the group - discovered they were actually sleeping with the same priest!
This is a very serious problem that bishops and religious superiors are going to have to address more aggressively.
A bishop or religious superior needs to be very compassionate when a priest falls in love with one women and they need to help the priest and woman to explore where their joint future lies.
But in the case of sexually predator priests we are dealing with a different matter completely. If a priest has a habit of seducing women everywhere he goes there is no place for him in the priesthood.
Any bishop or religious superior who tolerates a "Jack The Lad" priest is guilty of being an accessory to sexual exploitation and sexual abuse. Such a bishop or religious superior should himself be expelled from his position and indeed from the priesthood.