CT: Catholic diocese charged under racketeering law for predator priest coverup
How about this deserved treatment for the Catholic church’s sick conspiracy — Papa Ratzi’s boys in Connecticut are being charged under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), just like a bust of an organized crime family. This is a first use of the law in the state to address the criminal activity of members of the Catholic clergy.
The lawsuit says the Norwich Diocese, its former bishop, Daniel Reilly, and its current vicar general, the Rev. Thomas McBride, should be held accountable under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act — more commonly known as RICO — for conspiring to cover up the criminal conduct of abusive priests.
The complaint was brought by a Connecticut woman, identified only as “Jane Doe,” who alleges that she was molested by the Rev. Thomas W. Shea, now deceased, in 1976. Shea has been accused of sexually abusing at least 16 girls in the 11 parishes he served in the Norwich Diocese.
According to published reports and the current lawsuit, Shea was transferred numerous times from the time of the first complaints, in the 1950s, until he was placed on leave by Reilly in 1983. Reilly, who retired as bishop of the Worcester, Mass., diocese in 2004, was bishop of the Norwich Diocese from 1975 to 1994.
In addition to citing the details of Shea’s history, the lawsuit gives examples of five other cases involving priests who have been the subject of abuse accusations, including the Revs. Bruno Primavera, Robert Marcantonio, Peter Inzerillo, Richard Buongirno and Bernard Bissonnette. In all of the cases cited, according to the lawsuit, the priests were transferred to new parishes after sexual abuse complaints were made against them, at which point they abused again.
…The lawsuit accuses the defendants of “intentionally, recklessly and/or negligently” concealing the criminal conduct of certain priests, failing to report criminal conduct, obstructing justice, evading criminal investigation, prosecution and liability, bribing victims to keep criminal conduct secret and engaging in mail and/or wire fraud, among other things.
Lock them up and throw away the key.