Father James Chaning-Pearce – Stonyhurst College

Father James Chaning-Pearce – Stonyhurst College

From the link: http://ukpaedos-exposed.com/2012/07/10/james-chaning-pearce-stonyhurst-college/

Father James Chaning-Pearce

Father James Chaning-Pearce


Paedophile priest’s sentence cut

A Jesuit priest who sexually abused boys at a Roman Catholic public school had his five-year jail sentence cut to three years after a High Court appeal funded by church leaders.

James Chaning-Pearce was convicted at Preston Crown Court of molesting four boys as young as 12 while a maths teacher at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire between 1987 and 1995.

The incidents occurred in his study or in a tree-house in the school grounds where boys were allowed to sleep.

The Society of Jesus, a tight-knit Jesuit organisation which runs the £12,000-a-year school, had funded his appeal against his convictions in respect of one of the boys.

Last September at Preston, Chaning-Pearce admitted indecently assaulting three boys, aged 15, 13 and 12, but denied four counts of molesting the 16-year-old.

But three appeal judges said the jury which convicted Chaning-Pearce had not been adequately directed on whether a 16-year-old pupil had consented on three occasions.

‘Why was he supported?’

Children’s charities have condemned the actions of Catholic leaders who funded the appeal, the cost of which is not known.

Father Michael Smith of the Society of Jesus, said Pearce was still considered a member of their family.

‘He had the right to appeal’

“Like everyone else he had a right to appeal. He has always disputed the offence, while pleading guilty to the other three.

“As he was given leave to appeal we took the decision to fund the action.”

The Society removed Pearce, who is still a priest, from the school in 1995 after receiving a letter alleging similar behaviour by him while working at a school in Zimbabwe a decade earlier.

But police were not called in until a year later after parents of one of the boys reported an assault to the school.

Communication breakdown

One of his victims is now seeking compensation. Pearce was ordained 24 years ago and, like most of the world’s 24,000 Jesuits, spent 15 years training for the priesthood.

At the time of his trial the Society blamed a breakdown in communication for their failure to take heed of warnings about the priest’s behaviour while abroad.

Before being convicted, the Jesuits had sent him to Canada for psychiatric treatment and he later went to Our Lady of Victories, in Gloucestershire, the retreat where fallen priests from the UK and the Irish Republic are sent.



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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 June 21, 2013, in Bill Donohue, Catholic League, Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, Child Sex Abuse, Clergy Abuse, Clergy Sex Abuse, Father James Chaning-Pearce, Pope Benedict, Pope Benedict XVI, Priest Child Sex Abuse, Religion, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Catholic Church Sex Abuse, Uncategorized, Vatican, William A Donohue and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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