The price of molesting children is a violent death in a maximum
security cell for a Catholic priest accused of molesting at least 147
children. Ironically, he was brutally murdered by a
cellmate who was molested as a child. Does such
Terrorism serve a Vigilant purpose, or is it representative of just another
form of the Beast of Terror's wrath?
25, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 712
Terrorism For Child Molesters
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZER0, New York, N.Y.--Aug. 25, 2003-- John
Geoghan was accused of molesting more than 147 young boys as a
Catholic priest. He was convicted of one case and
sentenced to six years. A cellblock-mate suffered child
defrocked priest, was sentenced to six year for the molestation of
a young boy. He was strangled in prison.
In a fit of anger or revenge, the defrocked
priest's cellblock-mate strangled the sixty-eight year old, jammed the door
so the guards could not enter, and painfully ended the convicted
Not all the victim's were happy about the
child abuser's death. According to the attorney representing
many of the former priest's victims, they felt robbed. Attorney
Mitchell Garabedian said many victims wanted the former priest to
suffer behind bars, to waste out the rest of his life in reflection of
his crimes against the innocence of the young, and the betrayal of
trust placed in him by both the Church and Catholic community.
Cardinal Bernard Law, Archbishop of Boston, resigned following the
complaints of thousands in the diocese that Law didn't take strong
enough action to deal with the problem (e.g. John Geoghan)
Geoghan's case was especially important in
uncovering the scandal of covering up child abuse by Church officials.
His arrest and conviction led to the ousting of Cardinal Bernard Law,
Archbishop of Boston and fired a heated investigation into the
Catholic Church's covering up of many similar cases..
But the issue at hand is: Does
Terrorism upon a Terrorist create Vigilance? Or, does it
merely breed more Terrorism?
There is no question that the dead former
priest ruined the lives of many young, innocent victims.
A close friend of mine, a woman, was molested for years by her father
and still suffers the horror of her innocence being violated by a man
who was bound by nature and society to protect her from harm.
Child abusers fall into a special
They are, without question, the most
insidious of all Terrorists, for the trust that shields them is a
hiding place for their crimes against humanity, a shield that often
allows them to escape the criminal, civil and moral laws of the land.
Children, unfortunately, carry
the secret of the crime with them. Countless molested
children never speak out, fearful they will not be believed or ashamed
or frequently thinking they caused the horrible events to happen.
These children often carry their misplaced guilt and shame throughout
showed any remorse for terrorizing boys
"He never showed one sign
of remorse for what he had done," stated the attorney for the victims
this morning on Fox News.
Child molesters are true
monsters of Terror to children and the world. They use
their power or position to steal something that can never be given
back, repaired, or healed. The scars on the molested
child's soul may thicken with time, but they harden the soul like
brine does leather until a part of them is so fortified even
psychotherapy can't break through. They live in the shadow of
the Beast, a lonely life within their own shell of safety, fearful of
letting themselves flower for fear their petals will be plucked.
My friend's father still
remains a "pillar of society." To those who know him, he's
a "grand old guy" who was the leader in his community and profession,
a "perfect father," a great "husband," and a wonderful "public
servant." But to his daughter, he is the Beast of
the Night. He is the "devil." He is "evil."
He is the thief of her innocence.
Child molesters have a knack
for making the victim of their crimes silent. They stamp
their mark on the child's soul, and then with their power gag and bind the child so the
child cannot speak out without fear of reprisal.
Pedophilia is sexual contact between an adult and a child who
hasn't reached puberty. Ephebophilia is intense sexual interest
Hopefully, the death of
Geoghan will open the lips of those silent victims. While
an eye-for-an-eye doesn't apply here in a physical sense, it
does in an emotional one. Perhaps the death of the priest will
allow those who have been afraid to speak out unbind the gags in their
soul, and free themselves of a horrible secret that sours their soul.
Still, the killing of
Geoghan bothers me. Some of the victim-children,
now adults, might think that death is some payment, some form of
reparation for the brutal crimes that befell them. This, I
believe, would only feed the thirst of the Beast of Terror who seeks
to fertilize violence of the soul with more violence of the soul.
killing in any form, tells children violence can be authorized
This doesn't imply that the
death penalty isn't deserving for those who kill a child's soul.
There is no question that the molester commits moral homicide upon a
part of a child, deadens that section of the child's moral soul as
brutally as though he or she had shot the child in the heart.
The pain of such an attack is a crime
against all humanity, but, so is murder.
When we kill another for a crime,
despite how ugly that crime is, we endorse violence.
We underscore its righteousness.
As a former U.S. Marine and combat
veteran, I was trained to kill and participated in countless deaths of
others. I know a little more than I should about killing, and,
can attest that in the final analysis, it serves little purpose except
to kill a part of the killer and all that he touches.
Even "just killing" by those who are
"licensed to kill" leaves a hole in that person's soul.
Condoning killing in any form, tells children that violence is
authorized in "some situations."
Sanctioning murder or executions signifies
the Beast of Terror has not yet been restrained within us, as citizens
of the world. It means we still hunger to see blood
for blood, and to feast upon the victimization of the perpetrator of
of Vigilance restrain me from revenge unlike Hammurabi's Code of
"an eye for an eye"
There can be little doubt
that for some, the death of Georghan was sweet revenge.
And, surely some may have wished they had been there to help in his final demise as a way of
paying back some portion for what was stolen from them.
But, in the aftermath of the defrocked
priest's death, the issue still haunts the moral mind--Is killing
justified regardless of who the victim is or what he or she might have
done to others?
I have trouble denying that executions are
just because of my violent personal background. Part of me
wants to thrust the Sword of Vigilance into the hearts of all those
who Terrorize children. But, there is another part
of me that is restrained from doing so.
This part is connected to the Principles of
Vigilance. It shouts to me that Courage must overpower Fear, Conviction must
rule over Intimidation, and Right Actions for the Children's
Children's Children must replace Complacency.
Killing Geoghan would not be a good
message for future generations. Keeping him alive in a
small cell so that some day he might issue his repentance and accept
his part in the crimes of humanity, might be worth all the expense.
A child might learn from someone like the former priest that we,
society, while not condoning such behavior, allow for the criminal to
This slim thread of hope for the recanting
of such crimes opens the door to a child who is a victim.
He or she might see that if the worst of us can change and become sorry for our crimes, then
we, the victims, can change. We, the victims, can go on
and grow out of the Beast's shadow.
I know an older woman who will not speak to
her daughter about the past. She shuts the door on it,
fearful that by opening it the guilt and shame of the past may drown
her. So she refuses to accept her daughter's need to clear
the decks of the past. They are excommunicated from
themselves because of the parent's lack of moral strength to confront
the past and fertilize the flowers of the future.
Still, the daughter holds hope that one day
her mother will call her and want to talk, will want to heal the wounds of the
Death would only close such a door of
Vigilance forces us to think past our
passions for justice and look for the value of lessons of evolution.
If we are to evolve, we can never accept
death as a price for any crime. Even for child molestation, the
worst of all crimes.
I need to seek
Vigilance, not revenge, and remind myself I am a Sentinel of
Vigilance not a Beast of Terror.
For people like myself who have lived in a
world of violence, I need the Pledge of Vigilance to remind me not to
gloat over Georghan's death and say: "He got what he deserved.
I just wish I had been the one that strangled him."
Instead, I print the Pledge of Vigilance
and remind myself that I am a Sentinel of Vigilance, not a Sentinel of
That means I need to not seek revenge, but rather
seek Vigilance. For when everyone is a Sentinel of
Vigilance, the idea that we turn over our children to people who might
take advantage of them dwindles.
A Sentinel of Vigilance learns how to make sure a
child isn't afraid of telling him or her any "secret." And if
that were the case with the 147 victims of Geoghan, then perhaps he
wouldn't have gotten past the first injustice in the beginning of his
Protect your children. Take the Pledge of
Vigilance today. Be their Sentinel of Vigilance.
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