Skip to comments.4 men claiming abuse sue ex-priest, archdiocese [of Chicago]
Posted on 06/14/2006 11:02:13 AM PDT by heyheyhey
The Archdiocese of Chicago ignored repeated warnings that the Rev. Robert Mayer was abusing children, moving him between parishes where he molested children for years, a new lawsuit alleges.
Four men, now aged 38 to 43, filed suit in Cook County against the archdiocese and Mayer on Tuesday seeking unspecified damages. Mayer, 67, left the priesthood after his 1992 conviction for abusing a 13-year-old girl.
The lawsuit depicts a priest whose entire career was steeped in sex. During his seminary days in the 1960s, it alleges, Mayer earned the nickname "Satan" and wrote his master's thesis on masturbation. As a parish priest, he functioned as a charismatic leader who gave kids alcohol and drugs, the suit alleges.
"Things started off casual: 'Hey, let's play basketball. Let's hang out.' And then his behavior became more and more inappropriate," said Brian Wolff, 39, who claims Mayer molested him in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
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Luckily, it's not up to you. Sun light sends the roaches fleeing for safety and the Church seeks to continue to protect them.
What about the story makes you think the Church is trying to protect a priest who was convicted and kicked out over a decade ago? Cardinals Bernardin and Cody are long dead.
The fact that he's abused at least one 13 year old girl makes me wonder if the charges by these guys might be bogus.
Gee, charismatic is not what we called someone with a reputation for handing out booze and dope when I was a kid.
If I recall correctly, the popular term was "pervert".
Guess what we called kids that hung around with perverts.
The headline from the newspaper is incorrect. There is no such thing as an "ex-priest". According to the catholic (and not just Roman Catholic) theology of the Sacrament of Ordination, when a man is validly, canonically, and apostolically ordained by a bishop - that ordination confers upon him "indelible character".
That priest (or deacon or bishop) can be suspended, deposed, and excommunicated. But he can NEVER be ordained again. He can be RESTORED to the ministry. Ordination to holy orders is eternal - forever.
To make this clear to the laity, the Sacrament of Baptism is a good example. If you were once properly baptized with water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit -- that baptism is eternal. It can be repeated a million times but not one more iota of grace will be conveyed. It's a once-done deal.
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