Why Was the U.S. Catholic Church Never Charged in a RICO Suit?
Like most people, I woke up this morning to find out the Pope would abdicate the See of Peter. As someone who grew up Catholic, I’ve been wondering this for more than a decade: why was the Catholic church in the U.S. never charged with a RICO suit?
Just going from the name of the legislation, it would appear that an organization that trafficked in pedophiles would be a prime candidate for such a lawsuit. Don’t get me wrong; I have no animosity towards the church, but this would appear to be a lead pipe cinch. I understand that any time you have an organization with a lot of people, there will be a criminal subelement. That’s why I didn’t hold it against the entire military for Abu Ghraib. But this was something more. Why didn’t it happen?