Witch Hunt in the Heartland

From an article by Jack Cashill that appeared this morning in The American Thinker:

The story that follows has taken place in and around Kansas City. But it could have unfolded in any city in which a stealthily leftist publication has a near monopoly on the production and distribution of news — in other words, just about every city in America.

“Monsignor backed the four altar boys up against the wall, “shoulder to shoulder.” writes Judy Thomas of the Kansas City Star. “Then he forced them to perform sexual acts on each other and on him.”

“If you ever tell,” the monsignor reportedly warned the boys, “you’ll be kicked out of the Catholic Church, your parents will disown you, and you’ll die and go to hell.”

So begins Thomas’s ultra-Gothic, front-page series, “The Altar Boys’ Secret,” served up by the Star just in time for Christmas.

Although the Catholic League has accused Thomas of “anti-Catholic bigotry,” the accusation is too narrow. A local evangelical leader has more precisely identified the Star’s larger goal, namely the “the destruction of the Christian pillars that have stabilized the country for more than two centuries.”

The above incident allegedly took place thirty years ago. Moved by the Star’s inflammatory coverage of a current story–that of a fetishist priest who took pictures of little girls– a local plumber Jon David Couzens recently filed suit against the monsignor in question, the now 85 year-old Thomas O’Brien. Judy Thomas picked it up from there.

She claims that her series was based on the “sources’ recollections” — plural. The problem is that Couzens was the only source. Two of the boys have since died, a fact that Thomas shamelessly exploits, and the fourth boy and the monsignor both deny that the incident ever took place.

Read the entire article here.

There is no understanding the scandal besetting the Catholic Church in KC (and elsewhere) without understanding the source of information on that scandal and its motives.

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