Liberal Pressure: Articles Exposing Cardinal McCarrick Had to Be Removed

Liberal Pressure: Articles Exposing Cardinal McCarrick Had to Be Removed

en.news – 7/17/18

Bart Aslin, a former Newark priest, spoke already in 2006 to Matt C. Abbott about Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s behaviour as a homosexual predator.

Later Aslin asked for a removal of the article, Abbott revealed on RenewAmerica.com (July 16) [see complete text of Mr. Aslin’s letter in comment below] because the article was causing Aslin to lose job opportunities within the Church, “Recruiters would put me forward as a very strong candidate, but in every case, my candidacy went nowhere.”

Now Aslin wrote back to Abbott about his time as a priest, “It was the hypocrisy of McCarrick and my fellow (gay) priests that led me to leave. In some ways, I was forced out because I did not fit the mold of a Newark diocesan priest.”

When the oligarch media finally started speaking about the clergy scandals which Catholic outlets like The Wanderer had exposed for years, McCarrick informed all priests that if they were accused of sexual misconduct, they would be responsible for their legal representation.

Since Aslin worked almost exclusively with children, he decided it was time for him to leave,

“McCarrick and his cronies were happy that I left. I never once heard from him or the archdiocese after I submitted my letter of resignation.”

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One comment on “Liberal Pressure: Articles Exposing Cardinal McCarrick Had to Be Removed

  1. [Former Newark priest Bert Aslin’s 8/16/18 etter to Matt Abbott]

    Years back, I wrote to you to confirm that I was a seminarian at Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary and later a priest for the Archdiocese of Newark under Theodore McCarrick. I revealed to you my knowledge of McCarrick sleeping with seminarians, many of whom I knew personally. I had been a firefighter for the City of Linden, New Jersey prior to entering the seminary. It was a great job that I loved, but I decided to leave because I loved the Church and wanted to serve God and His people. Serving God’s people was very rewarding; serving the Church, not so much.

    The things I witnessed in the seminary and as a priest ultimately led me to leave the priesthood after five years. It was the hypocrisy of McCarrick and my fellow (gay) priests that led me to leave. In some ways, I was forced out because I did not fit the mold of a Newark diocesan priest. It was difficult enough to live a celibate life, but knowing that my ‘brothers in Christ’ were not following the Church’s teachings caused me great strife and spiritual pain.

    As I read the recent New York Times article in which Rob Ciolek was interviewed, it brought back many painful memories of watching Rob and other seminarians from the Diocese of Metuchen suffer under the abuse of ‘Uncle Ted.’ I recall that my spiritual director at the Mount also directed the very seminarians whom McCarrick would take to his shore house. I privately loathed these young men for what they were engaging in. Today, I feel nothing but empathy and sorrow for these men. What were they to do? Our ordinations were in the hands of a predator!

    Since you printed my comments years ago, I have applied to many jobs within the Catholic Church. Recruiters would put me forward as a very strong candidate, but in every case, my candidacy went nowhere. I quickly concluded that I was suffering the consequences of my speaking out. I do not write this out of self-pity or anger. Just an observation of what I encountered.

    Matt, I loved being a priest. I loved serving God’s people. I was a very hardworking and dedicated priest who worked with children and young families. When the clergy scandals hit the media in the early 1990s, McCarrick sent all of his priests a letter informing us that if we were accused of sexual misconduct, we would be responsible for our legal representation.

    That was the last straw for me.

    I was a celibate, dedicated servant to the archdiocese,yet McCarrick and the very people who called me brother were turning their backs on their loyal servants. Since I worked almost exclusively with children, I decided it was time for me to leave. McCarrick and his cronies were happy that I left. I never once heard from him or the archdiocese after I submitted my letter of resignation.

    I conclude by saying that it pains me that the Church took over 30 years to remove this reprehensible man. They knew all about his actions and turned a blind eye. I observe each Sunday how few young people and families attend Mass. Is there no wonder? The sin and hypocrisy of its servants has turned off and away its people. How the Lord must weep!

    Thank you for your tireless work over the years. You are in my prayers.

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