The headmaster of the Delbarton School has been accused of sexual misconduct with the school’s boys. There are multiple accusers. The (former) headmaster, Fr. Luke Travers, is a Benedictine monk and was headmaster of the school while I was there. He was slightly creepy, but it is only fair to say that a large percentage of priests are slightly creepy and you just get used to that in priests.
And here’s the kicker: the abbey was made aware of the allegations last June. So what did they do? They sent him to Virginia, and apparently did not tell anyone in Virginia about the allegations. While in Virginia he “said Mass to children,” visited a high school, etc. When news of the allegations rocked the school – a very fancy and very expensive all-boys school on the grounds of a monastery – the abbot called the actions – sexual advances during a confession - “a minor boundary violation.” When the abbot’s letter became in itself a story, the abbey went with the “mistakes were made” line. No responsibility, no honor, and hence no religion.
For those who say “this is just a few cases, it’s all been blown up by the liberal media, it happens everywhere,” the Catholic Church earns the same distinction over and over again, for administrative sanction of sexual abuse: in this case by simply shipping the accused off someplace else to be with someone else’s children.
I’ve had associations with two Catholic high schools. The headmaster of the school I went to ended up going to jail for possession of child pornography; now the headmaster of the one I worked for is accused of this.