Fr. René Bissey got 18 years for buggering 11 boys over 7 years. Good on him!
In October 2000, Father René Bissey was sentenced to 18 years in jail for sexually abusing 11 boys between 1989 and 1996. Bissey's bishop, Pierre Pican of the Diocese of Bayeux-Lisieux, had known of the abuse but refused to report Bissey to French authorities and instead sent him for psychiatric treatment.And his Bishop Pierre Pican got 3 months for not reporting Pere René's rampage of mass child rape. Too goddamn lenient, if you ask the enraged mothers.
Pican's actions resulted in his own conviction in 2001 for "failure to report a sex crime against a minor younger than 15 years old." The bishop was sentenced to three months in prison. That sentence led Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, then head of the Vatican's Congregation for Clergy -- the department overseeing Catholic clergy policies around the world -- to write Bishop Pican a letter effusively praising his actions in shielding the abusive priest. At the time, Castrillon Hoyos was a colleague of then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger -- now Pope Benedict XVI.But then, Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos rejoices & congratulates Bishop Pican for hiding the rape crimes from the police.
"I congratulate you on not having reported a priest to the civil authorities," Castrillon Hoyos wrote to Pican on Sept. 8, 2001. "You have done well, and I rejoice at having an associate in the episcopate who, in the eyes of history and of all the others bishops of the world, will have chosen prison rather than speaking out against his priest-son."And then copied all his other bishops to keep them all on the same vows-of-silence page.
Castrillon Hoyos added that he would send a copy of the letter to all the bishops' conferences "to encourage the brothers in the episcopate in this very delicate area."God only knows what other iniquities & crimes against children Cardinal Hoyos has hidden from French authorities all these years.
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