The Exile of Fr. Dominic Menna
Fr. Menna, an 80 year old priest, fell victim to a nefarious pastime of collecting free cash from the Archdiocese by "remembering" abuse from 50 years ago.
You see, if you say it happened 50 years ago, there is no possible fact finding mission that can take place. The Archdiocese simply takes the priest out of commission and hands over the cash. There are no civil nor canonical rights for priests.
People who pull these kinds of stunts really make it difficult (if not impossible) to drum up trust and empathy for real victims.
“It’s a terrible thing to have happen,’’ he said. “I mean, the man is 80 years old. I’m not sure how I feel about it yet.’’
A woman who was at a church bingo game and declined to be identified because she has children in the parish’s school said she was shocked and confused.
“My kids loved Father Menna,’’ she said. “Why now?’’
Mary O’Toole, 56, of Quincy, who has been a parishioner nearly 20 years, said she was hesitant to believe the allegations because they were coming so long after the alleged abuse.
“I like him. I’ve met him and he doesn’t strike me as the kind of person who would do that,’’ she said.
If you're not sick to your stomach yet, here are a couple of quotes from the mafioso at the Chancery:
Lynch declined to comment on the circumstances or location of the alleged sexual abuse, citing the privacy of those involved and the integrity of the investigation.
They are all about privacy and integrity these folks are - right-o.
O’Malley said in the statement. “I remain committed to doing everything possible to protect our children, to further the healing process and to rebuild trust.”
Just ask the guy who had run out of the woods last week at the park and ride.
He's doing everything possible except doing an investigation on which priests are sexually active and finding out with whom. In the absence of exiling the sexually active mafia, he is victimizing innocent priests with this dog and pony show.
Pray for our priests.