Committing Rape Qualifies You For Disability In Catholic Church


Catholic Church rapeReverend Gil Gustafson

One thing you can't fault with the Catholic Church, they take care of their own -- even their own pedophiles. Don't believe me? Look at these clips from an article in The Raw Story:

According to an article in the Star Tribune, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis continued to pay the salary and health insurance premiums — as well as provide living expenses — for a pedophile priest who was convicted on child sex abuse charges over 30 years ago.

Join me in a head scratch over this one. Maybe with a little more factual information, I'll grasp this situation better.

Brian HerrityBrian Herrity

In 1983, the Reverend Gil Gustafson admitted to a Ramsey County District Court that he molested Brian Herrity for five years, beginning when the boy was 10 years old. He was fined $40 and sentenced to six months in jail and 10 years on probation. The vicar general in charge of clergy abuse cases, Rev. Kevin McDonough, believes that Gustafson abused between four and fifteen victims, including Herrity.

Wow. A self-confessed child sex offender who molested a child for five years, starting when the boy was 10 years old, is given a $40 dollar fine and half a year in jail. "Houston, we have a problem -- and it's in Minneapolis."

With such a light sentence, the message seems to be loud and clear -- to the courts in Minnesota and the Roman Catholic church -- pedophilia isn't a serious crime. Think I'm being smart-alecky? Remember I said the Rev was given a six month sentence?

After four-and-a-half months in jail, he was released into the care of the Church, and the archbishop at the time, John Roach, lobbied to have Gustafson reinstated.

“I want him back in a parish,” [arch-bishop] Roach wrote in 1990. “He has received and complied with far more treatment than anyone else, and it seems to me he has done it well.”

The Arch Bishop wants this criminal back? Why? Was he procuring boys for the prelate? Imagine, four months treatment and this predator was cured. That must be some great program they have there for sex offenders.

Well, that's the past and we must think of the present. We're taught to forgive and sometimes its hard, but okay. Maybe Reverend Gustafson's made his penance. Then again, maybe not. It seems no church wanted the disgraced clergyman, so get this:

According to the Star Tribune, in addition to the salary, insurance and living expenses given to him by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Gustafson also receives disability.

Salary, insurance, living expenses AND disability? This is astounding. It almost pays -- no, it does pay -- to become a priest and molest a child. You'll be taken care of for life.

The father of the boy rape victim put it perfectly:

Brian Herrity asked the paper, “since when is a crime a disability? If that’s the case, everyone in prison should be disabled.”

And that, fellow readers, is the state of the Catholic Church in Minnesota today. Proud?

  • Bose

    The photo is actually current Archbishop Nienstedt, eh?

  • I understand and I sympathize greatly.

    I still disagree, but I totally get it.

  • Chum Lee Jr

    Duly noted

    2 opinions - both are right

    As a molestation survivor, I have a personal stake in my anger. 2 out of 3 of my siblings were abused by family friend. Parents refused to believe when we told them years later.

    ANYONE does that to a kid of mine, or anyone I know and love, deserves death. And will get it, by my hand.

  • I despise pedophiles and think they should be locked away forever. Stories like these make me physically ill.

    But the "cure" is to shoot them in the head? Sorry, but more violence is not the answer, and "cures" nothing. The thought of shooting someone's brains out, even a sick criminal, also makes me physically ill.

  • Chum Lee Jr

    And they wonder why we don't take their mumbo-jumbo seriously?

    Any other profitable biz that did this would be sued into the stone age, and their employees jailed.

    If anyone need proof that there are NO gods - look at the atrocities committed by the devout followers of those gods.

    There is a cure for pedophilia - it's a small, lead object, inserted at high speed, directly into their brains. Cured - no repeat offenders (EVER).

  • David G

    Odd and disturbing at the same time. Talk about sinful. DG

  • RepublicanSwine

    Could hardly read it. Just unbelievable.