Equal Opportunity Molesters


The latest news from the continuing Catholic priest scandal–worthy of its own 24/7 news channel–is that the Boston diocese at the center of the storm also shielded priests who molested girls. From an AP account:

In the late 1960s, the Rev. Robert V. Meffan allegedly recruited girls to become nuns and then sexually abused them, according to 1993 letters from Sister Catherine E. Mulkerrin to her boss, the Rev. John B. McCormack, who was a top aide to Law. Meffan allegedly would counsel the girls to perform sexual acts as a way of progressing with their religious studies.

Meffan reportedly admitted to the Boston Globe that the charges were true. Appalling stuff, and exactly the sort of thing that happens in the sort of closed, hyper-hierarchical organization the RC church is.