Surprise! The OKC Catholic Church still hasn’t released its report on sexual abuse…

Growing up catholic, I had a lot of mixed feelings about the church. Yeah, I got a lot of neat presents and money for my confirmation. Plus, my Baptist friends in high school were always jealous of me getting to drink wine every Saturday night at mass. But the older I got, the less I felt like the Catholic Church was for me 1) because weekly confession was always way too early on Saturday mornings 2) because of shit like this.

Via KFOR…

 OKLAHOMA CITY – The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City now says there’s no timetable for the release of a report that’s been repeatedly delayed in naming priests facing accusations of sexual misconduct with minors.

Archdiocese spokeswoman Diane Clay says the church “miscalculated on how long it would take” to review the files of past and current priests.

This report was supposed to have been released last fall, but has been delayed time and time again. This is likely a bold claim for me to make, but it seems like the Catholic Church might have been hiding something for a while. Maybe there was a lot more to the report than they originally thought.

The archdiocese has hired the Oklahoma-based law firm of McAfee and Taft to produce the report, including an analysis scrutinizing how the archdiocese responded to past allegations of abuse.

Archbishop Paul Coakley said in August that a review of files dating to 1960 would result in a report released in November. That deadline was postponed to February and then to March.

My teenage self got into enough arguments with our parish’s priest to know that authority figures in the church don’t always handle being called out or held accountable for their actions very well. Keep in mind, this report is probably only being made due to the public outcry against the decades of abuse allegations that the Catholic Church knowingly swept under the rug. But really, it doesn’t matter how long the report takes as long as it is thorough and accurate. The only problems with the report are that 1) the incidents that led to it being created in the first place and 2) the Archdiocese will not be transparent about its release date. I don’t know what will be in the report and if it will even be helpful to members of the community. But I am sure you can probably call Archbishop Paul Coakley of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City at 405-721-5651, extension 157 and ask for an update.

Hayley wrote her first letter to Coakley back in 2011. They go way back. Follow her on twitter @squirrellygeek

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  1. The Catholic Church certainly has no monopoly on pedophile clergy, but it is unique in the authority of its chain of command. (Its insistence on lifetime celibacy may contribute to its problems, but that’s another topic.)

    All that sexual abuse, in all those dioceses, under the noses of all those bishops (allegedly holy men), all over the world. There HAD to have been an explicit directive from Rome to handle such incidents locally and quietly, lest people get the idea that the Catholic clergy is a bunch of gay pedophiles (with a few straight pedophiles mixed in.

    There is a good reason why the Church has traditionally maintained a waiting period before canonizing anyone as a Saint. The waiting period was waived in the case of Saint John Paul II (papacy 1978-2005) by his successor Ratzinger, who may also have played a big part in the world-wide coverups.

    If is ever disclosed that JP II knowingly oversaw the coverups, its going to deeply embarrass the canonization process.

    (Disclosure: I was raised Catholic and attended Catholic schools. The experience was benign enough in my case. I’m not Catholic now simply because I don’t believe very much of what they teach.)


    1. How dare you conflate pedophilia with being gay. Get rid of your 19th Century way of thinking, so people like me aren’t sitting here laughing at your ignorance.


      1. Catholic Priests are exclusively male. Those that are sexually attracted to the boys they diddle could appropriately be described as gay pedophiles, those that are attracted to the girls, could be described as straight pedophiles (which he stated). It was only pointed out where the behaviors intersect. At no point did he insinuate that pedophiles are exclusively gay or that all gays are pedophiles ( ludicrous statements). Not only was it not insinuated, he simply pointed out that the church wanted to avoid the general public drawing that conclusion about their clergy.
        I believe the only ignorance being shown is a lack of reading comprehension and an overly acute sense of outrage. My suggestion would be to move on and find a real grievance.


  2. It’s time to hold these people accountable. Bankrupt them. Jail them. Sell their assets. Get rid of them.


  3. Man speaking to alter boy about confession – “What’s a priest usually give for anal sex?”
    Alter boy: “A candy bar and a coke”.

    : )


  4. Every September brings an air of excitement to every priest scattered throughout the United States. High School Football is in the air and game excitement is rampant. Friday night lights are shining in stadiums everywhere. First and foremost on the minds pf priests at Catholic High Schools all across this land is the burning question “Which boy will I ask to the homecoming dance this year? ” This is followed by the thought “Damn, I hope I don’t ever get caught!”


    1. This is the funniest quote I’ve read on the internet in a long time! I appreciate anyone who shares my dark sense of humor!


  5. Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. Practice what you preach, padres.


  6. That’s what I never understood. People knew this went on forever, and nothing was being done about it. I remember the joke about the burning church from grade school. It seemed to be common knowledge that this went on and nobody seemed to care. If someone ever complained, it was swept under the rug. What changed?


  7. To my mind, it does indeed matter how long it takes to release the report – to the victims if to no one else.
    My father, a bona fide WWII hero and a great father, was abused in his childhood in the 1920’s up in Massachusetts by a priest. Took him until his late ’50’s to even try to talk about it, and I believe it messed him up pretty bad.
    I don’t think the abuse necessarily has a whole lot to do with celibacy – as stupid as that practice is. There are plenty of gym teachers, youth ministers, military ranks, and others to demonstrate that all you need is an accepted position of authority, time alone with children or adults under your explicit command, and a propensity for that kind of thing.
    The Catholic Church, however, does seem to have really got the practice down to a science. So I guess we will all sit patiently and politely by, while they decide when and where and how much they want to reveal.
    Because, well,.. God.


    1. Unfortunately, wherever and whenever children are under the care of trusted adults, abuse happens. I’ve been acquainted with kids abused by ministers, coaches, band directors, step-parents, etc. I think its the hypocrisy of churches that makes it so infuriating. Regular background checks of all adults working with children should be done annually and best practices that include no adult being alone with a child not their own. If you take your child to any kind of adult supervised program, including Sunday School, VBS, church nursery etc., inquire as to what kind and how often background checks are conducted on any and ALL adults, paid or volunteer.


  8. Unfortunately, wherever and whenever children are under the care of trusted adults, abuse happens. I’ve been acquainted with kids abused by ministers, coaches, band directors, step-parents, etc. I think its the hypocrisy of churches that makes it so infuriating. Regular background checks of all adults working with children should be done annually and best practices that include no adult being alone with a child not their own. If you take your child to any kind of adult supervised program, including Sunday School, VBS, church nursery etc., inquire as to what kind and how often background checks are conducted on any and ALL adults, paid or volunteer.


  9. As horrific as the child sex scandals of the Catholic Church are, the fact that a bunch of “celibate” old males are still maintaining that ANY birth control is a sin when there are around 8 billion of us now is just astounding and criminal. The position that using condoms is sinful in an age of AIDS and drug resistant gonorrhea is something that should shame even the most shameless.
    The Church has a centuries long history of genocides, oppression of women, torture, impeding science, accumulation of vast mountains of wealth, and cozying up to, and actively supporting, the corrupt power structures wherever they can, regardless of a minority of reformers that give their lives trying to do good.
    And still we give them special tax status. And still they present themselves as moral authorities.


  10. Bahhh bahh hahaha as the sheep bleat…. what a flock

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