The stories that come to light via the various clergy sexual abuse lawsuits are scary. They show how the Catholic Church actively protected priests that they knew to be pedophiles.
Mark McAllister says he was abused by Fr. Gerald James Howard when he was 13. When Howard came to Missouri he already had a criminal conviction for molesting children in New Jersey.
But, he changed his name when he came to Missouri.
"No one was informed by church officials that his identity was changed ...to shelter the Newark and Jefferson City Diocese from the scrutiny of protecting a criminal of the worst possible kind," McAllister accuses.
The Catholic Church cannot be trusted. They've done this kind of thing too often to warrant the trust.