At the moment an Australian lawmaker (Nick Xenophon) is threatening to expose a Catholic Priest who runs a South Australian parish, if the church doesn’t move the guy the eff away.
What is this priest accused of doing? Raping John Hepworth before he became an Anglican Archbishop. A priest who raped an Anglican Archbishop has his own parish right now.
Now the thing is I appreciate people standing up to the church and all that, but personally I feel if Xenophon has this particular pervert priest’s name – he should reveal it.
Simply moving the priest somewhere else was pretty much what bred the bulk of the peadophile scandal, naming and shaming at least makes it clear which perverts in cassocks Catholic parents should be keeping their kids away from.
If it is not okay to have that guy in your jurisdiction, it isn’t okay to palm him off on someone else either. The moral duty here is not simply to one’s constitutuents, but to the larger community. In this circumstance threats aren’t the moral course – naming the priest is.