Jury in Philadelphia Clergy Sex Abuse Trial Is Told of Defendant’s Suicide Attempt

Jury in Philadelphia Clergy Sex Abuse Trial Is Told of Defendant’s Suicide Attempt

By Tony Hanson  January 17, 2013 1:17 PM

From the link: http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2013/01/17/jury-in-philadelphia-clergy-sex-abuse-trial-is-told-of-defendants-suicide-attempt/

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There was dramatic testimony today in the trial of a priest and former lay teacher charged with sexually assaulting the same grade-school altar boy in 1999 and 2000.

There was testimony today that defendant Bernard Shero tried to commit suicide in 2011, on the morning he was supposed to surrender to face charges he sexually assaulted the boy, then 11 years old, in 2000.   In a note, Shero had apologized to his parents and told them he didn’t think he had “much of a choice here” and he thinks they know why.

But he went on to say he’d be dragged though the mud whether he is innocent or guilty.

In other testimony, a detective has testified that the alleged victim gave to him a significantly different version of the alleged abuse by Father Charles Engelhardt than the alleged victim later gave to the grand jury and the jury in this case.


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The Catechism offers a clear moral teaching: "Rape is the forcible violation of the sexual intimacy of another person. It does injury to justice and charity. Rape deeply wounds the respect, freedom, and physical and moral integrity to which every person has a right. It causes grave damage that can mark the victim for life. It is always an intrinsically evil act. Graver still is the rape of children committed by parents (incest) or those responsible for the education of the children entrusted to them." (no. 2356) Note that rape is "an intrinsically evil act," meaning that it is evil at its very root, nothing justifies it, and it is objectively a mortal sin. An evil act was done against me, a crime, by a priest at St Thomas More Parish in Durham, NH. An evil and a crime I will no longer keep silent about. Those who perpetrate crimes against children, especially those of the Roman Catholic Church, should all be punished for their crimes against children. Anything less would be criminal.

Posted on January 22, 2013, in Child Sex Abuse, Clergy Abuse, Clergy Sex Abuse, Pedophile, Pope Benedict, Priest Child Sex Abuse, Religion, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Catholic Church Sex Abuse and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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