REPORT: New Orleans Archbishop Shielded Abusers

The Guardian reports:

A board which helps the Roman Catholic archbishop of New Orleans, Gregory Aymond, evaluate abuse allegations against priests and deacons in six cases found clergymen to be credibly accused only for Aymond to ignore the findings and conceal them from the public, a Guardian investigation has found.

Aymond’s management of the cases in question as the leader of the US’s second-oldest archdiocese is outlined in a memorandum which attorneys for victims of clerical sexual abuse prepared and handed to law enforcement in the latter part of last year.

It exposes the latest damaging revelations in a decades-long scandal at the 230-year-old archdiocese, which has been shown to have gone to extreme lengths to cover up for a confessed child abuser.

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Aymond first appeared on JMG in 2013 when he ruled that Catholics can eat alligator meat during Lent because alligators quality as fish.

In 2020, his archdiocese declared bankruptcy in a move that some say was meant to shield church assets from abuse settlements.

Later in 2020, Aymond sprinkled “holy water” over New Orleans from a World War II biplane in order to protect the city from COVID.

Also in 2020, Aymond held a ceremonial burning of the altar upon which a local priest videotaped his threeway with two hired dominatrices.

Last year the FBI opened an investigation into the archdiocese, looking specifically into whether priests had trafficked children across state lines.