This is the face of a child molester. His name, in case you’ve been ignoring the local news for the past few weeks, is Michael Wempe. Father Michael Wempe. That’s right, another Catholic Priest accused of abusing his power to seduce and molest young boys. Rather than reiterate the facts of this case, I’ll link you to CBS News coverage, which explains the details of this trial.
I happen to think that this despicable man should go to jail for the remainder of his life. The fact that he hasn’t been rotting in jail since he first started molesting boys in 1972 is the reason he was able to continue preying on children for years afterwards. Perhaps equally accountable in all of this is the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. In the mid 1980’s, Cardinal Roger Mahony sent Wempe away to a retreat in New Mexico called “The Servants of the Paraclete” to “get cured of pedophilia.” After treatment, and as seeming proof that the Catholic Organization have their collective heads irretrievably deep up their holy asses, Mahony thought it smart to assign Wempe as Chaplain of Cedars-Sinai: a hospital with a pediatric unit and a school.
Oh yeah, and he failed to mention that Wempe’s past included the molestation of an untold number of boys over a 15 year period starting in 1972. Clearly, THAT information wasn’t worth divulging.
So now, Wempe stands accused of molesting another child in the very school to which he was reassigned in the 1990s. How many more of these stories can the Catholics hear before they stand up and demand a change within their own organization? This behavior is not a fluke, nor is it an anomaly. Something is clearly broken within the Catholic Church. How many passes do we give them? Why isn’t there a federal inquiry?
Wempe, I hope they convict you. I hope you pay for the lives you’ve ruined and the pain you caused. Most of all, I hope you get to meet some new boys in prison. Boys that abuse their power.