The Hidden Abuse
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Michael Schulte, 57, of Newport, was raped by a priest (whose name we are not printing) in the early 1960s when he was a middle school student.
Michael Schulte recounts the first time he was raped by a priest
on a trip to Philadelphia.
I was going over in my mind, I said, I can't believe this happened, I can't believe this happened, you know what I'm saying? And naturally everybody's in denial. My mother's in denial, my father's in denial. They took it really bad. Now, I gotta say, my dad was a staunch German, but he stood behind me a hundred percent. And my mom was behind me too. I don't want you to think that she wasn't behind me. But what I'm saying is, it was just a complete utter shock to her that something like that could happen.
He says, "How f***ing far is this going to go?" And I was like, this is a Roman Catholic priest, I can't believe he said that. And I told him basically everything that happened. And again, I was pretty much told just to be quiet about everything, and the church would take care of it. But you got to remember, the church is like any large organization. I'm sure they have their restraints, and there's somebody up there saying, "Whoa, you're going a little bit too far there, monsignor, we need to have a little more data, or just let it die."
I think the church is making a big mistake because they're in the business
to save souls. There's not a whole lot of us that are going to be saved,
but right now, they're turning people off. They may have a nucleus of
people that are in denial, that said, "Oh, this never really happened,"
or "I've heard of it, but I don't believe it."
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