To my disappointment, the film fails to report on the fact that the victims were almost entirely male. To the film's credit they show one of the abusers admitting it but claiming he got no pleasure from it, and admitting he had been raped as a child by a priest. The connection between child sexual abuse and non-heterosexuality of course is outside the scope of the film, but I do not find it surprising that the first state to impose same-sex marriage was Massachusetts, and many of the other first adopters were also heavily Catholic.
Father Shanley is mentioned, but not his presence at the event that led to organization of the North American Man-Boy Love Association.
The Archdiocese of Boston knew that one of its priests, now accused of rape, spoke in favor of sex between men and boys at a 1979 meeting that apparently led to the founding of a national group advocating the practice, according to court documents released Monday.
The documents also show that archdiocese officials knew of sexual misconduct allegations against the priest, the Rev. Paul Shanley, since at least 1967, but continued to give him access to children in different parishes for three decades.
The documents also show that Vatican officials had been told as early as 1979 about Shanley's teachings on homosexuality. He continued to serve as a parish priest for several years after that.
"All of the suffering that has taken place at the hands of Paul Shanley, a serial child molester for four decades — three of them in Boston — none of it had to happen," said Roderick MacLeish, an attorney for the family of alleged abuse victim Gregory Ford, 24.To be fair, the Church for many years fantasized that therapy could reform these child molesting priests. But at a certain point, reality would have set in if not for the domination of the Vatican bureaucracy by gay clergy.