Priest who had sex with boys now tells how to smuggle ivory
Unfortunately, I am no longer shocked at the grievousness of the organizational shenanigans of the Roman Catholic Church. My own cousin, a lawyer of the Church, once told me about a Bishop in Bulacan (Philippines), who was responsible for a seminary and treated it like a personal brothel (sexually abusing young male seminarians). In this case, the offender no longer has a position in the Church--although he remains a free man, which is a terrible anomaly in itself. I have to admit, this case of Monsignor Garcia (pedophile cum prime mover of the illegal ivory trade) takes the cake. These terrible infractions of the Church have surely resulted in unspeakable trauma to our youth--not to mention massacred elephants. The Vatican, including the Roman Catholic hierarchy in the Philippines, should get rid of this pervert immediately (no more sweeping the dirt under the rug), regardless of how much he or his family has bequeathed to the Church.
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Monsignor Cristobal Garcia was supposed to be kept away from children -- but we found him working with a squad of altar boys.
National Geographic‘s new issue , which has been hiding in plain sight since a worldwide trade ban was enacted in 1989. And a major player in the magazine’s story is a priest in the Philippines whom I wrote about in 2005 when investigating another global-trafficking phenomenon — the Catholic Church’s movement of sexual abuse suspects across international borders to escape justice.
“Wrap it in old, stinky underwear and pour ketchup on it.” And if an icon won’t fit in a suitcase? Here’s how National Geographic‘s Bryan Christy summarizes Garcia’s advice: “I might get a certificate from the National Museum of the Philippines declaring my image to be antique, or I could get a carver to issue a paper declaring it to be imitation or alter the carving date to before the ivory ban.”
Garcia also made provocative comments when I interviewed him about why he fled the U.S. in 1985. He admitted having sex with altar boys and supplying them with drugs — but said he did it because they threatened to accuse him of abuse. One boy “not only seduced me, he also raped me,” Garcia told me.