2011-06-10 / Letters

Building Kingdoms

Dear Editor,

I write in response to Paul Garcia’s letter in which he admonishes me about the Br. Thomas Trager matter. First of all, Mr. Garcia referred me to the Ten Commandments; in particular, the eighth or ninth depending on the religion one practices. I assume he meant the commandment about “not bearing false witness against thy neighbor.” Mr. Garcia doesn’t believe Brother Thomas did anything untoward in his fifty years of service to the Church and thirty years of service to the Rockaway community. Yet, the New York Police Department, after an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse against Br. Thomas, arrested him and charged him with multiple counts. Perhaps Mr. Garcia is not aware of the fact that abusers often develop stellar reputations among the communities they serve in order to have access to the people they wish to abuse.

Recall that the late Fr. Bruce Ritter was viewed as a “saint” by many when he ran Covenant House in Manhattan. People showered him with praise, attention, and money. Fr. Bruce Ritter and, perhaps, Br. Tom Trager, gained the trust of the communities they served while at the same time insulating themselves from accountability and scrutiny, creating “kingdoms,” if you will. The result: the communities were duped, kids were abused, and the Paul Garcias of the world can’t bring themselves to think otherwise. Could Mr. Garcia be accused of breaking the first commandment; “thou shalt worship God and God alone?”

REV. ROBERT HOATSON, PHD

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Hoatson is pastor of hate. It

Hoatson is pastor of hate. It seems his PhD is in Catholic bashing, for it most certainly isn't in law. The DA's office did an exhaustive investigation into Br. Trager. It yielded nothing. Not a single other person came forward to confirm the complaint and as it turns out the "victim" made many contradictory statements. Is Hoatson satisfied with this? Obviously, no. Put your bible down "Reverend" and pick up one on American jurisprudence. In this country, you're innocent until proven guilty, not until the local Catholic basher is satisfied. The abuse of trust anyone who abuses a child or charge, is horrible and should be investigated and prosecuted to the limits of the law, but so is liable, slander and unwarranted attacks on a man the state has found innocent. If the facts where different, I'd be the first in line with a horse and rope, but in this case, Hoatson comes off as a biased and hate filled basher of Catholics. I'm surprised the Wave would even print his loathsome excoriation.


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