Wear a Collar, Rape a Child — Robert W. Wilford

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Wear a Collar, Rape a Child — Robert W. Wilford

VIDEO: Tues Oct 8th with host Catherine April Watters and guest Robert W. Wilford who wrote,, WEAR A COLLAR, RAPE A CHILD: MOTHER CHURCH AND THE CONSPIRACY OF INDIFFERENCE In 1993, Robert Wilford contacts the Diocese of Birmingham exposing a Catholic priest who had sexually abused him for a period of four years in the early 1960s demanding this wayward priest be removed from ministry. While remaining a faithful “Cafeteria Catholic” by holding onto a cherished belief in many church doctrines and traditions, Robert relentlessly engages the church’s indifferent hierarchy all the way to Rome over a nine-year period resulting in this sexual predator finally being forced into retirement in 2002. In reporting his innermost thoughts while undergoing therapy in 1994 and 1995, Robert bravely shares, therapy session by therapy session, the tremendous horrors he experienced as a result of being sexually abused by a member of the clergy. In describing his impressive “can do” rise out of poverty and surviving domestic violence, clergy sexual abuse, alcoholism, clinical depression, and PTSD, Robert’s chronicling of his commitment from 1993 until today in exposing the Catholic church’s egregious actions in covering up the crimes of predator priests is profoundly riveting. While being an outspoken critic of the Vatican State, Robert’s newfound brand of spirituality arms him with an undying commitment as an advocate for the Catholic Church to undergo a Martin Luther-like reformation in the 21st Century. Robert’s courageous story is a must read for Catholics, non-Catholics, domestic violence, mental health and substance abuse professionals, academicians, civic leaders, and anyone concerned with the moral and religious landscape in America and around the world.

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  1. Heartless

    October 19, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    Mr. Wilford, your fighting the good fight. As another ‘cafeteria Catholic’ my hope is not really some Reformation; rather the same as I hope for the government here in the US. No man – no matter the profession, some designated ‘status’, no official, no celebrity, no person who lives to some religious ‘calling’… – should be treated differently by the law or the agencies responsible for that man’s conduct. A crime is a crime. A rape is a rape. The priests responsible for having performed such heinous acts should pay the same price as any other citizen or individual who is guilty. Prison, even a worse punishment if it is the law of the land, should be the penalty – equally applied across society.

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