Catholic sexual abuse cases consist of an ongoing series of sexual crimes in the Catholic Church directly related to sex crimes committed by Catholic priests and members of Catholic orders that care for or teach children. These child sex abuse cases began receiving public attention beginning in the middle 1980’s.
Sexual abuse of minors by the Catholic priesthood has received attention in Canada, Ireland, the U.S., the United Kingdom, Mexico, Belgium, France, and Germany.
In addition to the cases of actual abuse, much of the scandal has focused around members of the Catholic hierarchy WHO DID NOT REPORT ABUSE ALLEGATIONS TO CIVIL AUTHORITIES. THESE MEMBERS OF THE CATHOLIC HIERARCHY OFTEN REASSIGNED THE OFFENDERS TO OTHER LOCATIONS WHERE THE SEXUAL PREDATORS CONTINUED TO HAVE CONTACT WITH WITH MINORS AND FREQUENTLY ABUSED OTHER CHILDREN.
Clearly the Catholic Church in the U.S. is an ongoing criminal enterprise and should be prosecuted under the criminal RICO Act. The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act ( commonly referred to as RICO ) is a U.S. federal law that provides for extended criminal penalties and a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. While its intended use was to prosecute the Mafia and others engaged in organized crime, its application has become much more widespread.
Federal criminal actions should be filed against ALL members of the Catholic hierarchy who REASSIGNED sexual predators to avoid prosecution. If members of the Catholic hierarchy who were involved in “covering up” child sexual abuse are now living under the protection of the Vatican state, the federal government must seek their extradition to the U.S. under the RICO Act.
R. Van Conoley