Kieran Tapsell is a civil attorney and former seminarian who has dedicated his legal mind to the study of the historical causality lurking behind today’s priestly pederasty problem.
The YouTube video embedded below has some shocking revelations, not because it goes into lurid detail regarding individual cases of clerical pederasty (which it does not), but because it discloses some of the monstrous imprudences that entered into canon law — norms that protect abusive Judas priests. Kieran Tapsell is a civil attorney and former seminarian who has dedicated his legal mind to the study of the historical causality lurking behind today’s pederasty problem.
Here is the description of the interview from the Restoring the Faith YouTube channel:
Author, speaker, writer, and expert witness Kieran Tapsell (author of Potiphar’s Wife: The Vatican’s Secret and Child Sexual Abuse) sheds light on the REAL reason for sex abuse in the Catholic Church. It’s not what you think. And it’s not what you’ve been told.
The following two paragraphs are a comment that I made on the video. Both Mr. Tapsell and Mr. Parrott agreed with my comment:
It seems to me that most of this is a throwback to Medieval Canon Law, wherein clerics — anyone tonsured and up to Minor and Major Orders (not only bishops and priests) — could not AT ALL be tried in civil courts. This, keep in mind, is what led to the martyrdom of Saint Thomas a Becket. He refused to allow his clerics to be tried in civil courts since they were only libel to canonical courts. This is why, for certain crimes, priests were “degraded to the lay state,” in a very humiliating and severe ritual — and “handed over to the civil authorities” as a layman to be tried in civil courts.
It appears that what we have now is the worst of both worlds: a dysfunctional canonical system that does not discipline properly, and a refusal to hand over genuine criminal perverts to secular authorities. Clearly, we need to “clean house” and introduce some common sense measures that keep in mind the TRUE common good, which is not served by protective perverts.
If the Church was, at one time, in a robust enough state to handle this heinous internal problem, she no longer is. Either that problem needs to be resolved with a proper ecclesiastical prison system for degenerate clerics or the “credibly accused” have to be reported to the State by ecclesiastical authorities.