3 Catholic Priests Charged with Enabling Serial Predator to Sexually Assault Kids for Decades


3 Catholic Priests Charged with Enabling Serial Predator to Sexually Assault Kids for Decades

March 15, 2016 by

Giles Schinelli, Anthony Criscitelli, Robert D'Aversa

Giles Schinelli, Anthony Criscitelli, Robert D’Aversa

We learned earlier this month that a grand jury in Pennsylvania found that Church leaders in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese were responsible for the sexual abuse of hundreds of kids over several decades. Not only that, they interfered with police investigations into the matter.

While the statute of limitations has passed for most of those crimes, the same grand jury has now charged three Franciscan priests with “conspiring to enable a serial predator to sexually assault more than 100 Catholic high school students.”

It’s an unbelievable story in which all three men knew damn well what the problem was, but they did nothing to stop it. The crimes involved Brother Stephen Baker, who committed suicide a few years ago after nearly twenty years of abusing kids.

Who was responsible for this?

■ The Very Rev. Giles A. Schinelli, 73, who was minister provincial from 1986 to 1994 and allegedly assigned Baker to Bishop McCort High School despite a warning he should not have one-on-one contact with students;

■ The Very Rev. Robert J. D’Aversa, 69, who was minister provincial from 1994 to 2001 and allegedly removed Baker from Bishop McCort due to a credible allegation of sexual abuse but reassigned him to another ministry with access to youths.

■ The Very Rev. Anthony M. Criscitelli, 61, who has been minister provincial from 2002 to 2010 and allegedly continued to allow Baker unsupervised access to children.

None of the three, according to the charges, ever called law enforcement authorities about Baker’s predations.

Jesus…

It’s just the latest in a long line of Catholic priests behaving badly. At least this time, authorities can do something about it. It’s about damn time some of these priests are held accountable for their actions.

All three men live outside of Pennsylvania, but they’ll be arraigned very soon. I would love to see them spend the rest of their lives in prison. Though, to be fair, they deserve much worse.

 

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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 May 16, 2016, in Brother Stephen Baker, Child Sex Abuse, Clergy Abuse, Clergy Sex Abuse, Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Priest Child Sex Abuse, Religion, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Catholic Church Sex Abuse, The Very Rev. Anthony M. Criscitelli, The Very Rev. Giles A. Schinelli, The Very Rev. Robert J. D’Aversa and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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