The Dark Road Ahead (Part Four)

How the Mc Carrick case tipped off law enforcement

Part Four of a Five Part Series

By Beverly Stevens, REGINA Editor

Image by John La Maestra

She’s spent a career getting up close and personal with predators and their victims.

Cathy’* was a Special Deputy to an agency investigating narcotic trafficking for ten years. An RN with a master’s in psychology, she now works as a consultant to US law enforcement agencies, interviewing subjects as well as victims. She also coaches law enforcement working on undercover assignments, especially those that involve human trafficking.

For Catholics wondering what is going on behind the scenes with dioceses responding to law enforcement investigating the Catholic Church in 15 US states and at the Federal level, Cathy’s insights are quite timely.

*Not her real name. REGINA’s interviewee asked to remain anonymous in order to protect law enforcement agents working in the field.

 In this fourth in our five -part series, Cathy talks about what the Mc Carrick revelations signaled to law enforcement, how they are ‘mapping’ predator priests and the drug trafficking that authorities believe is taking place in America’s Catholic rectories.

REGINA: What does US law enforcement think of the career of Mc Carrick and was that the tip-off to this series of investigations?

CATHY: The career of Mc Carrick is a clear signal to LE that this is a systemic problem. Far too many people had first-hand knowledge of what was happening and turned a blind eye to the situation.

REGINA: Scary.

CATHY: His is a clear case in which others were complicit in his abuse of others and could have possible aided him in that abuse. Not only by covering up for him, but by procuring victims for him, supplying locations for the crimes he committed to take place, funds for his various travels.

REGINA: Terrifying, and infuriating.

CATHY: It’s extremely difficult to not be angry at how Mc Carrick was in many ways rewarded for his behavior. There are many aspects of Mc Carrick’s career that indicate it’s probable that he and other members of the clergy likely did and still do take part in a variety of crimes — included but not limited to embezzlement, money laundering, and multiple forms of trafficking.

REGINA: What’s law enforcement’s view of all this?

CATHY: It is because of this and the fact that looking at the histories of other criminally active priests it became apparent that the Church didn’t hesitate to move priest from state to state or even country to country if they thought it was the best way to protect him and the Church’s assets.

Mc Carrick’s career was a big tipoff as to how much the Church as a whole is covering for these men, and along with the PA report were ultimately the determining factor on the need for a Federal investigation.

Unfortunately in many of these past cases where the diocese ‘handled’ everything, law enforcement was never notified about the person, even after it was determined that the man was creditably accused.

REGINA: We have heard that LE is ‘mapping’ networks of predators. What sort of connections are they looking for?

CATHY: LE is looking for connections between any known predator and others as well as groups already known to be involved in criminal activity. Such connections would be with organizations that traffic drugs, any type of human trafficking, prostitution rings, and organizations that launder monies.

REGINA: What sorts of drugs is law enforcement finding?

CATHY: The drugs most commonly found connected with predation, prostitution and human trafficking are Cocaine, Methanphetamine, opioids, Ecstasy, Flunetrazepam, Rohypnal, Temazepam and GHB.

The last four drugs are all classed as ‘date rape drugs’. They are very strong benzodiazapines and produce states that include memory lapses, and in some cases a coma that resolves somewhere between two and eight hours after the drug takes effect.

Something to note is that Meth is on a noticeable increase again recently after years of decline. It’s also being found laced with opioids, most commonly fentynol.

Fentynol can be fatal in even the smallest amounts. To give people an example of just how fatal Fentynol is, if you put a little bit of table salt in your hand and pick out two grains — that is equal to the amount of Fentynol that can kill an adult. 

NEXT: For Catholic employees and parishioners — what to look for in signs of addiction, how to report wrongdoing and what risks you incur for choosing not to report predatory clerics.



Part One here.

Part Two here.

Part Three here.

Part Five here.

Full interview here.



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