An advocate for victims of sexual assault criticized the leader of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus on Tuesday for being "quiet and passive" about the recent arrest of a former seminarian on charges that he planned to travel to Mexico to rape infant and toddler girls.
Bishop Frederick Campbell should instead hold a public meeting to alert the community about the charges leveled against Joel A. Wright, who until late last month, was studying to be a priest at Pontifical College Josephinum on the Far North Side, said Judy Jones, Midwest associate director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. The network also wants Campbell to use the pulpit, church bulletins and church websites to encourage anyone who suspects Wright of crimes to contact police.
Federal agents first learned in July 2014 that Wright had paid a person in Tijuana, Mexico, to adopt a child with the intent of having sex with a female baby. The child was never delivered to him, court records say.
In recent weeks, Wright had been exchanging emails with a person he thought was a tour guide but actually was a federal agent. He stated that he wanted to adopt or own a baby girl younger than 3 and talked in the email of planning to rape her. Other emails also stated Wright's intent to shoot video of the assaults, court records say.
This is what catholic priests do. This one just couldn't wait to be ordained to get at the business of molesting babies. Make sure your priest washes his hands befor you eat god out of his hands.