BishopAccountability.org
 
 

Men Recall Abuse by Priest Years Ago
Prosecutor is using testimony to bump child porn sentence

By Maureen O'Donnell
Chicago Sun-Times
December 10, 2002

The former schoolboys and altar boys preyed on by a Roman Catholic priest told of shattered faith and unquiet minds as they faced him Monday--all grown up and still shaking over the priest's admitted abuse of decades ago.

A man identified only as "John" glared at the now-defrocked Vincent McCaffrey, 50, as he took the witness stand in federal court.

"I want to physically hurt him just like he physically and mentally hurt me," said John, 40, who works in finance in Florida. "I just want you to know that, dude."

The five accusers told similar tales of McCaffrey using his guitar-playing charm and his role as a deacon and "very cool" priest to insinuate himself into families and ingratiate himself with their sons. Then he molested them, often during rectory sleepovers, they said.

McCaffrey has never been formally charged with child sex abuse. Prosecutor Markus Funk is using the testimony to persuade U.S. District Judge John Darrah to slap him with a maximum sentence on child porn charges after investigators found 4,200 computer images at his home.

McCaffrey is accused of molesting about 50 victims between 1976 and 1990 in at least four parishes in Chicago and the suburbs: Our Lady Help of Christians on the West Side, Our Lady of Loretto in Hometown, St. Victor's in Calumet City and St. Joseph the Worker in Wheeling. McCaffrey contends he only molested 12 or 14 victims, though he has admitted abusing the five who testified in court Monday, said defense attorney Thomas Royce.

Witnesses said McCaffrey used subtle acts of mental and physical manipulation.

"I remember being in the hot tub after playing racquetball and him holding me down, me coming up for air spouting water, and that was his way of intimidating us," John said.

Once, John said, he was chased by McCaffrey. "As I ran down alleys, he's hitting garbage cans with his Pinto," John said.

The abuse destroyed his faith, John said, adding he hasn't christened his infant daughter because of his anger.

The young man who testified about the most instances of abuse--"way over 200 times"--choked up as he testified. "My life has been destroyed," said "Kevin," 30, as his weeping father looked on. "There's really no purpose to live. . . . The only time I feel alive is when I'm angry."

McCaffrey testified that he has been in therapy for alcoholism or sex addiction since 1980.

"I deeply regret my harm and my hurt to everyone. I promise you my prayers every day of my life for the rest of my life."

Sentencing is set for Jan. 6.

 
 

Any original material on these pages is copyright © BishopAccountability.org 2004. Reproduce freely with attribution.
     
guide of business management sytem guide of job opinions guide of capital goods guide of make fast money guide of Debt restructuring guide of home business guide of income money guide of hospital products guide of international market guide of repair roof before winter guide of website income guide of secure your business guide of face makeup tools guide of jewellery arts guide of tv shows guide of best places on earth guide of job plans guide of cheap cars guide of creating products guide of women tools guide of eat less guide of car insurance process guide of sport stuff guide of garden home guide of cheap insurances guide of electronic tech guide of healthy feeding guide of what is next in fashion guide of improve company guide of tactical insurance guide of make money at home guide of development in business guide of dept loan guide of cooking secrets guide of correct companies guide of jobs with more income guide of reviews o general products guide of improving technology guide of ideal job guide of business sectors guide of dept problem guide of unlimited business guide of suitable insurance company guide of money cars guide of how to market guide of heatlhy diet tips guide of decoration tipse guide of security problems