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Maybe Louis Freeh Can Save The Catholic Church

Penn State faced stiff sanctions.

Penn State faced stiff sanctions.


Penn State University knows about sanctions in the wake of the Sandusky sex-abuse scandal in Happy Valley, Pennsylvania. Sandusky, the former defensive coach and founder of the Second Mile charitable organization, 70, got 30 years.

Pretty much a life sentence. The football program fined $60 million and barred from bowl games for 4 years, and the number of football scholarships reduced.

Former coach and icon Joe Paterno fired and stripped of  111 wins from his previous coaching record of 409 wins. Still, several others — including the former university president, are accused of covering up the scandal and may end up in court, if not worse.

Whether you agree with the sanctions or not, it was payback for Sandusky sexually assaulting 10 boys. The sanctions came as a result of the Freeh report, completed at the request of the university, by attorney Louis Freeh. Mr. Freeh was the fifth director of the FBI and former assistant U.S. District Attorney. Pretty nice credentials.

What sanctions?

What sanctions?


But here’s the question: What sanctions have been levied on the Catholic Church? And where is the Church’s Freeh report? I’ve been looking for it, but can’t seem to find it. Maybe it’s over here.

There have been horrific allegations against priests in the United States, Canada, Ireland, and around the world. The Vatican’s Promoter of Justice — sort of like a Vatican district attorney —  reports that over 3,000 priests have been involved over the past 50 years.

Other surveys report different numbers, higher numbers, but the question isn’t the numbers, the question is how can this be corrected and what are the sanctions against the Catholic Church?

Now don’t get me wrong. In spite of the shameful pedophile priests and the Church cover up, I’m still a Catholic and I still go to church.

Most of the time I meditate in church, you know, think about things. I like to look around, too, and see how many empty pews there are. We go to an old South Philly church, grand in the old days. Back when priests were…

Never mind that. Lookit, here’s the thing: The Church should hire Louis Freeh, who could do another thorough report and who knows, perhaps the church might get hit with the following sanctions, all starting immediately:

  • 1) Roman Catholic priests should be allowed to marry — that way they may know what to say  when a Catholic parishioner says, “Father, my wife says she doesn’t love me anymore, she says she can’t stand me, what should I do?”
  • 2) Roman Catholic priests should be allowed to have children upon marriage so when a parishioner says to a priest, “Father, my 14 year old son has been arrested for selling drugs, what shall I do, Father, where did we go wrong?” The the priest could then respond appropriately.
  • 3) Roman Catholic priests should be allowed to have sexual relations with the women they marry, so they no longer have to practice celibacy and suppress their sexual feelings — feelings that were given to them by God — which caused the entire mess in the first place.
  • 4) If Roman Catholic priests had normal human relations, which  God intended them to have — such as a spouse, family, sexual relations, even pets, they just might be more open to understanding gay marriage. As my daughter would say: “”You think?” Furthermore, they must open the church doors to allow gay and lesbian Catholics not only inside the church, but up front too, as priests, Eucharistic Ministers, readers, altar servers, whatever.  Immediately!
  • 5) Finally, the Church, i.e., the Roman Catholic priests, will open the church doors  to the wonderful women religious — namely the Catholic Nuns — who’ve taught Catholic children and helped Catholic families for centuries — become priests if they so choose, or stay as nuns if they so choose, and be equal partners in every diocese in America. Equal, like in equal. Immediately

Now how about those sanctions? Did I miss anything?