On Michael Wempe

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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.

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14 Replies to “On Michael Wempe”

  1. I whole-heartedly agree with you.

    I havent been able to speak of much else about this subject to one of my friends, and the conclusion I came up with is to simply destroy these monsters.
    This vile corruption/violation/occurance destroys the victim for life. Regardless if a priest, uncle, neighbor etc. does this act, it voids a person of their soul/ true being.

    We, as a society, need to come up with a new “punishment” for such behavior. Society completely underestimates the effects that sexual abuse does to kids, and unfortunately, the domino effect it has for the future.

    This whole subject really infuriates me and what kills me even more is seeing everyone be so indifferent in their actions regarding the subject. Everyone wants to believe that these pieces of shit are still human beings who get the right to be rehabilitized and enough ass rapings in jail will teach them some sort of a lesson. Well, bad news is that they wont spend the rest of their lives in prison, and the abuse they may receive in prison will prolly only fuel their desire to overpower and then abuse what they know and desire most…
    They arent human beings anymore, after they committ such a heinous fucked up act.

    And for trying to get Catholics to change anything, or the Buddhists, or whomever wont be done, because the reason why people congregate under one temple/church roof is because they are open to being mind-controlled and think that if they say something in opposition to the curent whatever… then they will suffer in the supposed “afterlife”.

    yeah, but anyways, they should make that motherfucker ride his motorcycle with a burning iron as a seat.
    amen.

  2. While I wholeheartedly agree with both of your comments: these perpetrators are inhuman scum, there should be a special hell reserved for them (and I don’t even believe in hell), and the Catholic Church has been acting like an organized crime family in this whole situation, I have to take issue with this:

    “This vile corruption/violation/occurance destroys the victim for life. Regardless if a priest, uncle, neighbor etc. does this act, it voids a person of their soul/ true being. We, as a society, need to come up with a new “punishment” for such behavior. Society completely underestimates the effects that sexual abuse does to kids, and unfortunately, the domino effect it has for the future.”

    You can get over this. I did. It takes work, but it doesn’t have to “destroy the victim for life.” In fact, the best vengance an individual victim can have is releasing the incident(s) hold on them.

  3. I don’t know why we can’t find an isloated part of our world and send all the pedophiles there — men and wome! Just like we used to do with lepers on the island of Molokai.

    Let them live with and work with each other! They don;t deserve anthing more.

  4. When I was 16 or 17 I was part of the St. John’s Search and Rescue Team in Santa Fe New Mexico. One day we got called out to a search in Jemez Springs where the naught priest retreat is located. We were looking for a priest who had disappeared and the other searchers jokingly referred to me as bait. We never found him, but his body turned up the next year at the bottom of a ravine.

  5. Definitely hold the Church accountable for this one. Maybe Wempe couldn’t help himself, but the Church has no excuses. They knew what Wempe was about, so they should have assigned him far, far away from any kids. No statute of limitations for the Church.

  6. You can get over this. I did. It takes work, but it doesn’t have to “destroy the victim for life.” In fact, the best vengance an individual victim can have is releasing the incident(s) hold on them.

    I know it is possible to get over sexual abuse.. well come to think of it, I dont actually know it, bc personally, I have not gotten over any of the sexual abuse that I went through. But I do hope for a resolution for every person who has had the same unfortuanate situation happen to them.
    When a child (or anyone in particular) suffers a traumatic event, it forever molds their personality, it breaks their spirit and their whole childhood is replaced with a horribly new perception of self. They no longer have a childhood to speak of the way a child should be able to.

    It is easier said than done to just let go of the pain and whatnot… and that is exactly what I thought I was doing from the time that it happened to me (at age 5 and 6) til I was 21.
    And then I started to crumble.
    16 years of denial really fucked me up and I dont think that the inhuman scum of the Earth who act upon their disgusting needs can just let go of their shit either.
    They are in denial as well. And it doesnt look as though that method of healing is working on their population as well.

  7. Definitely hold the Church accountable for this one. Maybe Wempe couldn’t help himself, but the Church has no excuses. They knew what Wempe was about, so they should have assigned him far, far away from any kids. No statute of limitations for the Church.

    I think that the US Govt should actually take away the Catholic Church tax benefits or shelter benefits of any kind that they have been protected under for too long of a time.

  8. Alex, I’m sorry you haven’t been able to work past it yet. Your soul is still intact, as is your true being. It’s just buried under the pain and anger you’ve made a habit. That’s what I did for a long, long time. Every time this comes up for you, you make a decision (consciously or unconsciously) about whether to hold onto it, relive it again and let him/her steal more of your life and energy — or to recognize that you can’t change what happened and instead change how you look at it. You’re the only one who can and does make the choice to continue giving it power it doesn’t deserve or to let it be little more than a check mark on your list of life experiences so you can begin building something better. You can continue to practice the pain, or you can practice something entirely different. But it’s your choice. If you want to email me privately about this, please do.

  9. At the risk of being slammed, what if it’s true that the plaintiff is fabricating this latest alleged molestation?

    Obviously Wempe is an abhorrent human being who has escaped his long overdue punishment because he was shielded first by the church and then by the supreme court that ruled his past crimes were too old to prosecute. But it would be a travesty if he is convicted on the basis of lies.

    I could never hope for that.

  10. Will, it’s a valid question. But that’s what the court system is for. At least he’s out from under the irrational protection of the church. The courts will sort it out — they may not be perfect, either, but they get it right more often than not.

  11. One thing that has been missing in all the discussions, articles I have read is any consideration of how/why a person becomes an abuser. To best of my knowledge, abusers, whether physical, sexual or emotional, have themselves been the victims of abuse.

    While the act is vile, I wonder why there is so little focus on the fact that the eventual perpetrator was probably first of all also a victim of abuse.

    Without such attention, how do we ever hope to stop the chain of abuse? If the “professional” are correct, perhaps we should also be asking how many of these current “accuser” have already become perpetrators.

  12. My father deplored child molester’s. Said they were the first to go in a prison riot (no one to watch their back, ha, ha, no pun intended). Now, he would be rolling over in his grave to find out one of his golfing partners “Fr.Mike” was just what he always detested. Fr. Mike was and always well be a surpeme con artist. How dare he come and sit at my parents table for a meal …. I met him a few times, even back then I thought he was creepy. Cardinal Mahoney should be horse whipped for protecting him for so long. How about investigating abuse of students at St. John’s Seminary in Camaillo Ca. over the decades … a breeding ground for potenital abusers …??? As Mary stated before me, abused become abusers … go back to the root. The Roman Catholic Church needs to take a long hard look at what is going on and has gone on for decades.

  13. He was found guilty today on 1 count, hung jury on the other 4 or 5. Max sentencing of 3 years but he served one already in county jail, so possibly out in 6 months (if he can stay alive in jail now that he’s guilty).

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