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Pope Francis: ‘One in 50’ Catholic priests, bishops and cardinals are paedophiles

Pope Francis: ‘One in 50’ Catholic priests, bishops and cardinals are paedophiles

Pope Admits there are Child Rapists at Every Level in the Church

Francis pledged to drive out the ‘leprocy’ of child abuse from the Church

by Adam Withnall

Published 13/07/2014|15:37

From the link:

Blogger Notes: A study done by The National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect found that even though only 25% of citizens in the U.S. are Roman Catholic, 54% of the sexual abuse cases were perpetrated by Catholic priests. The church has paid at least 2.6 billion to settle sexual abuse cases. In 2007 alone the Los Angeles Archdiocese on July 15 announced the largest church settlement of sexual abuse lawsuits to date, agreeing to pay more than 500 alleged victims a total of $660 million. The abuse continues and the wealthy Vatican is easily able to cover these claims. The Vatican even has insurance policies to cover these operating costs.


This is a startling revelation which would mean that of the 396,476 priests currently in service (265,320 are Diocesan and 130,728 are Congregational)  there are 7,929 priests who could be categorised as being child sexual abusers made up of 5,306 which are Diocesan and 2,614 which are Congregational. What is not clear is to what set or group His Holiness Pope Francis is referring and in reference to what period. The statistic of 2% translates in a huge number of victims which is by far the more important statistic to be drawn from this revelation. It translates into anything from 400,000 to 2,000,000 children sexually abused by catholic priests. Mark Vincent Healy – CCSA Survivor and Campaigner who met with Pope Francis last week – See more at:

Pope Francis has revealed that “reliable data” collected by the Vatican suggests that one in every 50 members of the Catholic clergy is a paedophile.

Speaking in an interview with La Repubblica, the Pope said his advisors had tried to “reassure” him that paedophilia within the Church was “at the level of two per cent”.

He pledged that he would drive away the “leprosy” of child abuse that was infecting the “house” of Catholicism.

“I find this state of affairs intolerable,” he said.

Pope Francis said his advisors at the Vatican had given him the two per cent estimate, which included “priests, bishops and cardinals”.

He also warned of much greater figures for people who were aware of the existence of abuse – sometimes within their own families – but who stayed silent because of corruption or fear.

His comments came a week after the Pope met with six victims of clerical paedophilia to apologise for their abuse at the hands of priests.

The meeting, with six British, Irish and German Catholics, was designed to acknowledge the gravity of the Church’s guilt and complicity.

Despite Pope Francis’s popularity, there has been criticism of Francis for failing to take a high-profile stand against the global paedophilia scandal.

His predecessor, Benedict XVI, met with victims of sexual abuse by priests, in Washington in 2008. He then met with victims in Australia, Germany, Malta and the UK.

In February and May, critical reports released by two separate UN committees condemned the Church’s “code of silence” on paedophile priests. It said this silence was allowing known sex offenders to continue working with children.

Independent News Service

Pope Francis asked us to forgive him?

Pope Francis asked us survivors of priest rape and nun abuse of the Roman Catholic Church to forgive him the other day.
After talking to quite a few of my brother and sister survivors well….we find it rather insulting. These are the reasons why.

1. To be forgiven you MUST repent. Even Jesus Christ says this. To repent means you turn away from the evil you are asking forgiveness for. So has the Roman Catholic Church and Pope Francis and those whom committed either the crimes of cover ups and moving around of pedophile priests, or the priests themselves whom raped and abused us, and thus destroying our faiths, our lives, truly repented? In the opinions of the majority of priest and nun abuse survivors the answer is a resounding NO.

To truly show repentance, the Roman Catholic Church and Pope Francis must show real concrete action in cleaning this mess up and not just lip service and more empty promises to us.

Pope Francis MUST immediately fire and prosecute to the fullest extent the law allows and give the harshest penalties to all credibly accused Cardinals, Bishops and Archbishops whom there is overwhelming evidence against they participated in these cover ups. We have positive proof many Cardinals, Bishops and Archbishops did in fact cover up these crimes against us. Through their own words, through Church documents, through whistleblower accounts by the likes of Father Thomas Doyle and other brave priests, nuns and yes, leaders whom find this evil just as disgusting as we do and a cancer destroying this church, we do in fact have overwhelming evidence, that if these people were brought before a court of law, they would be convicted of their crimes of cover ups. 80% of the Cardinals and other leaders currently in the United States participated in this cover up, there is more than enough evidence against them to prove this.

Their excuses are weak, they did not know this was a crime is one of the biggest insults that can be said to us. This has been said by many of those whom covered up these crimes, or that they were ill prepared to deal with this. Well to the victims of these crimes..this is just another example of hey…we know what we did was wrong, but we will make any excuse to cover our butts.

2. Another priest was found whom raped children and is now safely in Paraguay. His name is Father Carlos Urrutigoity. This is just one more of dozens of other priests whom have still escaped justice through the help of the Roman Catholic Church along with such Cardinals as Bernard Law.

Again, despite the clear warning, and complaints of sexual misconduct against him, Urrutigoity was allowed to continue living and working in the Diocese of Scranton. Two years later, he was being accused of sexual misconduct again, this time in court.

In a 2002 lawsuit against Urrutigoity, and another priest Eric Ensey and the Diocese of Scranton, the two priests were accused of a pattern of sexual misconduct. Urrutigoity was accused of giving alcohol and cigars to teenagers, sharing beds and sleeping bags with seminarians and inappropriately touching at least two young men. The alleged acts were cloaked in a bizarre dogma upon which Urrutigoity and Ensey had founded their society.

One former member of the Society of St. John said in a deposition that he slept in the same bed as Urrutigoity after the priest said it would help him overcome his “puritanical attitude.” After a few months of their sharing a bed, the seminarian woke one night to find the priest’s hand first on his abdomen, then on his penis.

In a deposition for the lawsuit, a former seminarian in Minnesota said Urrutigoity asked him to insert anal suppositories in front of him. When he refused, the young man said in a deposition, Urrutigoity was furious, calling the act a betrayal. Urrutigoity at least twice invited him to sleep in the same bed, the man said in the deposition. One night, he woke up to find Urrutigoity was molesting him, the seminarian said.

The Diocese of Scranton settled the lawsuit in 2004 for more than $400,000. It also sent Urrutigoity and Ensey to The Southdown Institute, an organization in Canada, for a detailed psychological evaluation.Instead he should have been defrocked and turned over to the police for prosecution.

Following that evaluation, the Diocese of Scranton’s Independent Review Board made its recommendation, which was noted in the confidential minutes of the board meeting:

“In view of the credible allegation from the seminarian, his admitted practice of sleeping with boys and young men, and the troubling evaluation by the Southdown Institute, Father Carlos Urrutigoity should be removed from active ministry; his faculties should be revoked; he should be asked to live privately.”

A criminal investigation launched by the Lackawanna County district attorney was stymied by a lack of cooperation from St. Gregory’s and Pennsylvania’s short statute of limitations on sex crimes, said Tom Dubas, the lead investigator on the case. Dubas wanted to launch a grand jury investigation, but never had the chance.

“As soon as it got out that I was interested in a grand jury, both priests just disappeared,” Dubas said. “We never did convene one.”
Then, in 2008, Urrutigoity began making headlines again, this time in far eastern Paraguay in the den of iniquity known as the Tri-Border Area.

In 2008, Javier Miranda, a Ciudad del Este resident who was once an active volunteer at local churches, learned of a recent influx of international priests. He decided to research the newcomers.

It didn’t take Miranda long to unearth the scandals that had followed Urrutigoity. Immediately, he protested against the priest’s presence in the diocese, and was soon joined by dozens more local volunteers and even a group of 12 local priests, who in 2009 signed a letter denouncing Urrutigoity as a divisive figure.

The bishop of Ciudad del Este, Rogelio Ricardo Livieres Plano, responded with a spirited defense of Urrutigoity, The priest had been slandered and persecuted, Livieres said. Miranda and other critics should join with the church in praying for a peaceful end to the controversy, he wrote on the diocese’s website.Miranda said far from being welcomed, he and the other vocal critics were ostracized by the church. Undeterred, Livieres continued to support Urrutigoity, not only was Urrutigoity active in the Catholic church in Paraguay, but he had been promoted to the position of vicar general, essentially the second most powerful post in the diocese of Ciudad del Este.

This rapist priest is still protected by the church. There are dozens and dozens more just like him, still protected and defended by those of the Roman Catholic Church.

This priest and all the others, including Cardinals like Bernard Law, whom is still protected by the Vatican, should be immediately fired, defrocked and prosecuted.

3. The church must stop hiding behind the statue of limitations they use against victims to avoid taking responsibility for their actions and paying for their crimes against us and make things right with the victims. Anything less would be pure hypocrisy.

They MUST keep their words and promises to us they signed onto with their Pledge to Protect and Promise to Heal charters with the Attorney Generals of each state.

The disgusting attacks against the priest rape victims MUST END. No more telling us because we did not punch our priests, we were responsible for our own rapes, or that we wanted to be raped and we enjoyed it and we are homosexuals because of it. No more blame games being put upon the victims of these evil crimes.

This is NOT a homosexual problem, this is a pedophile, hebephile and ephebophile problem. This is not just a sin, this is a crime, a FELONY crime and should be looked upon as such and these people whom have committed these crimes should be prosecuted. Just because they are the religious leaders of your church that does NOT give you the right to avoid prosecution for crimes you have committed, especially ones of rape, abuse and torture of children and teens. No more telling us priest rape survivors that we must forgive but must NEVER seek prosecution because that is Anti-Catholic and bigoted of us. Yes this problem exists in other denominations and other sections of the population. We find all of these crimes evil, disgusting and anyone whom rapes a child or covers it up should be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and this means EVERYONE whom commits these crimes, whether they be a Roman Catholic or anyone else. Just because you wear a religious robe should NOT give you an out from being prosecuted for your crimes. If anything, they should be prosecuted with that much more vigor because these people portray themselves to be the moral leaders, the spiritual leaders, the head of the church. Jesus Christ would condemn them, so why should not we? Jesus Christ would say they should be prosecuted…for did he not say render unto God that which is Gods and render unto Man that which is Man’s? That means not only are we supposed to follow Gods laws, but mans laws to. Raping children and covering up these crimes are not only contrary to Gods laws, but man’s laws too.

In conclusion…if Pope Francis and the Roman Catholic Church wishes for us survivors of these evil, disgusting crimes against us, then they must first truly repent. This means doing all that I have described. If we were to forgive this, right now, without true repentance shown on your part Pope Francis then that would make us hypocrites.

For even Jesus Christ said…to be forgiven of your sins. you must first truly repent of your sins.

Diocesan Cases of Albany

Diocesan Cases of Albany

From the link:

(alphabetical listing)

[19 offenders identified, 46 listed]

Bentley affair Rev. David G. Bentley (1942-), ordained 1975, was accused of molesting at least three children in Albany in mid-1980s and removed from priestly duties in 1986, but was allowed by Bishop Hubbard to work in Africa and elsewhere outside the diocese until April 2002. Because no new complaints surfaced, the Albany Diocese said, Bishop Hubbard let Bentley serve for the last few years at a parish in Deming, NM, which is part of the Las Cruces Diocese. The priest spoke of his pedophilia in confession in 1974, received therapy in 1978, but the diocese has said it learned of Bentley’s abuse in 1986. He never faced criminal charges, dismissed 28 June 2002.

  1. Oathout allegation Rev. David Bentley, and 3 other priests, abused Curtis Oathout from age 9-16 years starting in 1973 when he was in the Albany Home for Children as were his two brothers. Oathout, who complained in 1993, had to hire attorney John Aretakis after the diocese refused to help him identify all of his abusers, received a confidential settlement of $150,000 in 1994, followed up by additional payments of $150,000 and $75,000. His two brothers also received settlements.

Bertolucci affair Rev. John Patrick Bertolucci (1938-), ordained 1965, former vice chancellor of the diocese, pastor and faculty member at high schools and colleges, dismissed as a pedophile, 28 June 2002,

  1. Bertolucci lawsuit Filed October 2002 says Bertolucci abused a man from 1976 to 1979 when plaintiff was 12. Suit filed after Plaintiff said that priest harassed his parents by phone so that they would retract the claims against the priest. Bishop and Diocese dismissed from suit in July 2003; suit against priest dismissed October 2003. Bertolucci admitted sexually abusing teenagers in 1970s but not how many. Active until spring of 2002 and then asked for early retirement. Diocese permanently removed his facilities in June 2002.

Broderick case Rev. John W. Broderick), ordained 1989, arrested February 2008; charged with abusing 4 children (ages 5-11) from one family in 2007 in Nicolville. He was assigned to Syracuse diocese. Privileges removed earlier in 2008 by Syracuse for “incidents unrelated to sexual abuse.” Staying at Holy Name of Jesus Academy when he was arrested. At least 1 more possible victim. He filed suit against accusers November 2008, suit dismissed January 2010. Found guilty of 1 misdemeanor but acquitted on 2 felony charges February 2009. Court vacated conviction April 2009.

Casper affair Rev. Bernard Casper accused of abuse of twin boys.

Cawlings affair Rev. Neil Cawlings, English priest working as extern in Albany diocese in 1970s. Accused in 2003 of ‘improper sexual advances’ in late 1970s with male teen allegedly supplied by Alan Jupin. Suit 7 May 2003 accused Jupin of intimidating complainant and 25 August 2003 suit accused diocese of slandering him. DA investigated intimidation charge at bishop’s request. Suits were dismissed 30 January 2004 without determining validity of abuse charges. Jupin and other accused priests were reinstated.

Celeste affair Rev. Charles R. Celeste, ordained 1980, pastor at Holy Family Parish in Little Falls, Herkimer County was accused of sexually abusing a male student 1984-1987, who attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and later became a monk. Celeste at the time was chaplain to the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, where the victim was a member. He was 18 when he met Celeste, who at the time lived in the rectory of nearby St. Paul the Apostle Church. Lawsuit 11 November 2003. Celeste granted a leave of absence November 2003. He admitted that his conduct was inappropriate and wrong but the plaintiff was legally an adult. He also admitted a relationship with another student at the school in 1980s.

Connolly affair Rev. John F. Connolly, ordained 1964, accused of abuse. Complainants came forward July 2002 and March 2003 to allege abuse as high school students. Finally placed on leave April 2003. Connolly had served as chaplain of diocesan cemeteries and on Priests Retirement board. Classmate and friend of Bishop Hubbard and supervisor of at least two other abusers at Cardinal McCloskey High School. Connolly denied all allegations and requested a canonical trial.

DiPasquale affair Rev. Ralph Di Pasquale (d. 2004), Francisan, ordained 1956, woman filed civil suit in 2004 which alleged abuse by DePasquale at a Schenectady home for troubled teens between 1979-1982. Suit alleged that Order and diocese knew as early as 1976 that DiPasquale had molested children but still allowed him to work with children. He was working as priest in Florida at the time of his December 2004 death.

Douglas affair Rev. Louis E. Douglas (d. 2011), ordained 1958, left Albany’s St. Catherine of Siena in 1992 and moved to Wilmington, Delaware in 1996 after retiring from the Diocese of Albany, NY. Douglas celebrated Masses at St. Thomas the Apostle, St. Elizabeth, Christ Our King and St. Patrick’s churches in Wilmington, Delaware, whenever a priest was sick or otherwise unavailable, was asked by the Diocese of Wilmington not to perform public ministry after learning that a 42-year-old Albany man accused him of sexual abuse 26 years earlier May 2003 (Jupin affair). The plaintiff’s lawyer says the diocese was aware that there was something in his past. Diocese officials admit that they were informed of a complaint but were told it had been investigated and cleared of all wrongdoing. Allegations against Douglas were investigated in the early 1990s by the Diocese of Albany and in 2002 by the Diocesan Misconduct Review Panel, both concluded no sexual abuse occurred. The diocese acknowledged it gave financial assistance and counseling to an individual who made a complaint.

  1. John Doe accusation Douglas was accused with three other Albany priests of sexually molesting, abusing and preying upon a boy (1961-) when he was under 18 between 1975 and 1979. The Supreme Court lawsuit, which asks for $600,000 in damages, also accuses the 74-year-old priest of molesting other adolescent males both before and after the late 1970s. Most of the abuse occurred at the rectory of St. John the Baptist Church in Schenectady, where Jupin was pastor.

Ethier case Rev. Raymond J. Ethier (1957-), ordained 1985, a priest from Columbia, at St. John Vianney in Churchtown, was arrested by federal authorities and charged with receiving and possessing child pornography, 10 May 2007. Diocese of Albany placed Either on administrative leave. He was sentenced to four years federal prison following his guilty plea to a charge of possession of child pornography, 9 June 2008, Additionally, he was sentenced to 10 years supervised release. He was also ordered to have no unsupervised contact with minors; to participate in a sex offender program; and to register with the state sex offender registry program in US Northern District Court in Albany.

Fitzpatrick affair Rev. John F. Fitzpatrick, ordained 1964, was accused of abuseed in 1993 in an anonymous letter to Bishop Hubbard of sexually abusing one child. When confronted, admitted to abusing 3 children and was sent to Paracletes for treatment. Then worked in chancery until 1996, when allegations grew to at least 5, and he was asked to resign. Hubbard, Fitzpatrick, and accused Albany priest John Connolly were seminary classmates.

Garcia affair Angel Garcia, a deacon, was removed from assignment at Church of the Holy Family in Albany in August 2010. Diocese determined that a single recent allegations that he had abused a minor was credible. Allegation dates back to early 1990s befor he trained and was ordained as deacon. Garcia has denied the allegations. Also removed from position as chaplain at the state’s Greene Correctional Facility.

Genevive affair Rev. Frank Genevive (1957-), a Franciscan brother, ordained 1983, was assigned to St. Anthony’s Church in Troy, NY., where Mark Lyman was abused 1977-83, beginning when he was 13. Genevive videotaped hours of sexual misdeeds, took provocative Polaroid snapshots of him as a child and frequently offered him alcohol. Genevive later served at two Cape Cod churches. Genevive resigned from posts at St. Anthony’s Church in Troy and the La Salle Institute in North Greenbush in the 1980s for unknown reasons. In 2004, Franciscan officials said Genevive had been sent to the Mount Alvernia friary in Wappingers Falls, Dutchess County. Genevive is facing four felony counts of child rape involving two victims. One victim was allegedly abused between 1977 and 1980, the other between 1987 and 1989. “Both of them were in their early to mid-teens at the time of the offenses.”

  1. Mark Lyman accusation “It started when I was 13 right up until just before my 18th birthday,” Lyman said. “It’s significant for me in that I can no longer be referred to as an alleged victim. The people of the commonwealth heard my testimony and came down with three felony charges.” In June 2006, a Massachusetts judge dismissed a $5 million lawsuit Lyman filed against the Albany diocese. The judge backed the diocese’s contention that Genevive was a Franciscan friar and members of that order are not employees of the Albany diocese.
  2. Genevive lawsuit Genevive had a lawsuit filed against him and the Diocese of Albany, The Franciscan Province of the Immaculate Conception, and Bishop Howard Hubbard by attorney John Aretakis, in Massachusetts Superior Court since the alleged abuse took place when the priest took the 13-year-old youth across state lines. “The statute of limitations are not a bar to these 15 and 20 year old cases as they are in New York State, so we have found a lot of success in pursuing these cases in a state where the actual sexual occurred, which in this case is the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,” 6 December 2004. The church had known about the complaint for two years.
  3. Genevieve in Massachusetts Frank Genevieve taught at the former Christopher Columbus High School in Boston’s North End and was an assistant priest at St. Margaret’s Parish in Buzzard’s Bay in the late 1990s.
  4. Genevive trial Frank Genevieve, who lives in a Franciscan retreat in Wappingers Falls, NY, was charged with abusing two boys between 13 and 16 years old. One boy was raped three times and another boy once at an unnamed rectory in the North End or in Genevieve’s car in downtown Boston, from his Troy, NY, parish on field trips to Massachusetts. He pleaded guilty to four counts of rape and another count of rape and assault, 23 July 2008. Sentenced to 8-10 years in prison (suspended for 5 years).

Gingras affair Rev. Jerome Gingras was accused of sexually abusing the music director of a Rensselaer County church on 21 December 2003, in a lawsuit by John Aretakis, January 2005.

Haight affair Rev. Mark Haight, ordained 1983, history of sexually abusing boys and two confidential settlement agreements that the diocese entered into with his victims. One victim suffered near-daily sexual abuse between the ages of 11 and 17 and he said he could not find a lawyer willing to take his case, until he found attorney John Aretakis in 1996 who negotiated nearly $1 million settlement, even though the statute of limitations had expired and any lawsuit could have been dismissed. Haight’s case also marks the fourth instance that the diocese assigned a pedophile priest to a hospital ministry, in his case at a Glens Falls hospital. Haight left the priesthood in 1997. May be at least 6 more victims.

Heim case Rev. William Heim, a former priest working as a school guidance counselor, was arrested March 2002 on charges of inappropriately touching (sexual contact) on an 11 year old boy for over a year. His last church assignment was 1972. In August 2002 he was sentenced to two years in state prison. In May 2002 he pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography on his home computer and received a sentence of 5 years probation (this was in another county).

Hubbard affair Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, ordained 1963, accused in 2004 of paying teen for sex twice in 1970s. Bishop denied allegation. He commissioned an investigation to examine this charge, as well as other allegations of sexual misconduct with adult males. The investigation, which did not have access to the complainant, found no credible evidence that Hubbard had violated his vow of celibacy.

Jupin affair Allegation that Rev. Alan D. Jupin and three other priests, the Rev. Louis E. Douglas, of Delaware, the Rev. Donald Ophals and the Rev. Neil Cawlings, who was visiting from England when the alleged abuse occurred, sexually abused a teenager 1975-79 when he was under 18. Most of the abuse occurred at the rectory of St. John the Baptist Church in Schenectady, where Jupin was pastor. Unable to prosecute because of statute of limitations. The lawsuit, which also said the priest contacted the victim in 2002, sought $600,000. Jupin reinstated when review board found no ‘reasonable grounds’ for believing 2 charges. Placed on admin leave March 2011; reinstated November 2011.

  1. Jupin stalking accusation It is also claimed that Jupin stalked and intimidated his victim in February 2003, threatening to kill himself if the man lodged the complaint, saying “I’m not like all of those priests who go after little children.”
  2. Sawicki allegations Timothy Sawicki claimed that Rev. Alan Jupin stalked and harassed him to keep him and he further charged Jupin engaged in the activity on behalf of Rev. Donald Ophals, Rev. Louis Douglas and Rev. Michael Hogan, all of whom Sawicki said abused him in the 1970s.

Kelly affair Rev. James E. Kelly (1923-), ordained 1957, chaplain for Father Flanagan’s Boys Town near Omaha, Neb., 1975-1983, where he is accused, along with family counselor Michael Wolf (d. 1990), of sexual abuse at the home for troubled and handicapped youth 1978-79. Kelly was accused of sexual misconduct while working in Rensselaer in the 1980s. Kelly was appointed prison chaplain at three Carson City correctional centers in 1995 until January 2003. Kelly was moved from place to place every few years and there is an allegation that he abused young people in Albany, New York, his home diocese. Five other men have made sex abuse allegations against Kelly and Wolf, but none sued. Bishop Hubbard called Kelly to notify him of his removal on administrative leave, one day after the bishop learned about the new lawsuit filed in Omaha, Neb., 3 February 2003. Kelly adamantly denied the allegations since a diocesan review panel determined the claims against him to be credible.

Klebie affair Rev. John P. Klebie (changed from, Klebauskas) (d. 1981) who ran a church-sponsored overnight summer camp for underprivileged children ages 7 to 14, Camp Scully, on Snyder’s Lake in North Greenbush, 1958-70. He is the subject of sexual abuse allegations by at least 7 victims dating back to 1958. Removed from ministry in the 1970s.

LeFevre affair Rev. Robert J. LeFevre, ordained 1966, pastor of St. Peter’s Church in Saratoga Springs was accused by two brothers who said LeFevre unsuccessfully propositioned them for sex on separate occasions in 1969, while he was a priest at St. Margaret’s parish in Rotterdam Junction. The brothers were 15 and 17 at the time. The diocese’s Sexual Misconduct Review Board rejected the allegations and he “remains a priest in good standing in the Albany Diocese and will remain at his current assignment.”

Leroux affair Rev. Edward Leroux (1930-2005) dismissed 28 June 2002.

  1. Hesler accusation John Hesler for three decades, silently struggled with the after effects of being sexually abused by the Rev. Edward Leroux, late 1960s. Hesler was an altar boy, lector and a member of the CYO at Guilderland’s St. Madeleine Sophie, where Leroux was serving. He turned to the diocese for help and justice, a quest that began in 1992 after Leroux neglected to answer a 1989 letter. “I have been dutifully working (for years) within the system to ensure that others would not be abused,” he stressed. “But I am reluctantly coming forward to expose what I believe is a still-festering infection in my church…. I believe the community needs to know what is going on with real victims of abuse, not just nameless statistics.”

McDevitt case Rev. James J. McDevitt (1947-), ordained 1997, pastor of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Margaretville, charged with 20 counts connected to the alleged sexual abuse of six males has been served with a civil suit filed by four of the alleged victims. McDevitt turned himself in and pleaded not guilty during an appearance at Middletown Town Court on 16 July 2009.

  1. McDevitt lawsuit Attorney Michael Jacobs said he filed a civil suit on behalf of the victims in Delaware County Supreme Court. The suit seeks damages from both McDevitt and from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany.
  2. McDevitt trial Rev. James McDevitt pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of forcible touching in connection with the abuse of two boys who were around 11 years old at the time, May 2010.

McMahon affair Rev. Sean McMahon (1934-), ordained 1997, from County Kerry, Ireland, , was ordained there in 1962, began his work in the Diocese of Albany in 1963. He served at parishes in Johnstown, Troy, Whitehall and Schenectady, in addition to his post as associate pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in Cairo, Green County, where he served from June 1974 until Bishop Howard Hubbard announced McMahon had been permanently removed ministry on the recommendation of the Diocesan Sexual Misconduct Panel, after he admitted to sexually abusing a child in the 1970s, after the victim contacted the diocese early 2003, announced 13 April 2003.

McNerney affair Rev. James C. McNerney, ordained 1981, was removed from ministry accused of abusing minors. He adamantly denied the allegations since a diocesan review panel determined the claims against him to be credible.

Maher affair Rev. Daniel J. Maher, ordained 1962, was subject to a lawsuit by former altar boy, Thomas Clements alleging he raped him twice during a church retreat in 1973, May 2005. An internal investigation by the diocese found, “no reasonable cause” for the allegations, September 2005.

Mancuso affair Rev. Joseph A. Mancuso (1942-), ordained 1970, pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Schenectady, NY, accused of abuse, Placed on leave June 2002 after recent allegations of past sexual abuse. Woman came forward in early 2002 to say that Mancuso abused her in late 1960s beginning when she was 14. Mancuso admitted to “some misconduct.” No criminal prosecution because beyond statute of limitations. Mancuso initially told his parish that he was leaving for short time to undergo surgery but it was announced three weeks later that he had been removed because of the allegation, dismissed 28 June 2002.

Mataconis affair Rev.Richard Mataconis (Richard Matikonas or Philip Mataconis), Salesian, ordained 1970, accused of abuse. Sued in 2002 by two men who accused him of abusing them at a New York junior seminary in the 1970s. Suit dismissed after missed filing deadline. Living in Rome in 2004 and conducting tours of Catacombs of St. Callistus.

Mea affair Rev.John Mea (d. 1984) accused of abuse, dismissed due to statute of limitations. Sued 2003.

Mechanicville priest Young mother, Donna aged 19 who was struggling through a rocky time in her marriage when a priest at a Mechanicville parish in 1984 forced her to have sex about 20 times and for years, she believed the priest had fathered one of her daughters. Bishop Howard Hubbard arranged for the $100,000 payment after she threatened to hire a lawyer or speak out publicly about the priest’s alleged misconduct as part of an agreement that prohibited her from speaking publicly about her alleged sexual abuse, 1999. Reported 28 March 2003.

Mercure case Rev. Gary J. Mercure, ordained in 1975, pastor of Sacred Heart and St. William Parishes in Troy, previously served St. Mary’s Church in Glens Falls, St. Mary’s in Clinton Heights, Our Lady of the Assumption in Latham and St. Teresa of Avila. Mercure had served St. Mary’s and the Queensbury church for about 12 years until leaving St. Mary’s in 1995 for “health reasons,” having left the Queensbury church previously. He was placed on a paid leave of absence February 2008 when allegations of sexual misconduct involving a teenage boy were made when Mercure served as associate pastor of Our Lady of the Annunciation Parish in Queensbury during the 1980s. The diocese’s Sexual Misconduct Review Board investigated the allegation, which was reported to the diocese January 2008.

  1. Mercure accusations Four more men came forward to accuse Mercure of sexual misconduct more than 25 years ago. Michael Flynn of Clifton Park and Lake George, accused Mercure of engaging in sexual misconduct when Mercure was assigned to St. Teresa of Avila Church of Albany during the 1970s as did another man who did not want to be identified. Two other men who said they wished to remain anonymous also claimed they were abused by Mercure, saying the abuse started when they were 8 years old and continuing until they were 14 or 15. One of the men, now 35, claims that Mercure raped him when he was vacation with the alleged victim’s family in South Carolina.
  2. Watkins accusation Mercure gave pornographic photos of himself to John Watkins who alleges that the priest manipulated him into a sexual relationship. Watkins filed a lawsuit against Father Gary Mercure, Bishop Howard Hubbard and the Albany Catholic diocese, 23 May 2008.

Miller case Rev. Michael J. Miller (1957-), ordained 1987, last assigned as a prison chaplain at Great Meadow Correctional Facility in Washington County, was arrested 21 August 2001, in a downtown Troy parking lot after police said he approached the 14-year-old boy and pressured him to have sex. Miller underwent residential treatment in 2002 and did not return to ministry in the Albany Diocese and he pleaded guilty to the felony before Judge Patrick McGrath, who sentenced him to five years probation and ordered to stay away from the boy, 17 December 2003.

Nunan affair Rev. Jeremiah Nunan, ordained in Ireland in 1963, Irish pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Cairo, Greene County. Whilst at St. Mary’s Church in Hudson, he is accused by Rev. Mark Jaufman of molesting him as a boy from 1967 to about 1970.

  1. SNAP accusation 2006 sexual abuse allegations were filed against Rev. Jeremiah Nunan, the priest “absconded to Ireland where he hid until the victim in that case, Father Mark Jaufmann, died and the case was dropped.”
  2. Jaufmann accusation Rev. Mark Jaufmann (1957-2008), a Californian priest with the Ecumenical Catholic Communion, announced that he was abused by Rev. Jeremiah Nunan, . He was sexually abused by Nunan multiple times over the course of three years starting when he was 9 years old and a parishioner at St. Mary’s Church in Hudson. the physical abuse he suffered from Nunan and the emotional abuse at the hands of his own father have caused a lot of the dysfunction in his life. He likened the abuse to the death of a victim’s emotional and spiritual well-being. Nunan took a leave of absence in February 2006 from his work as a priest at Sacred Heart Parish in Cairo and Our Lady of Knock Mission in East Durham. The allegations against him are being investigated by the Independent Mediation Assistance Program, or IMAP, which was created by the Diocese of Albany in 2004 to look into allegations of abuse against young people by current or former priests or deacons in the diocese. Jaufmann, who is represented by local attorney John Aretakis, is suing the Diocese of Albany’s IMAP mediation panel, alleging the agency set up to help victims of clergy sex abuse fraudulently claimed it was independent of the diocese, is seeking $2 million in his federal court action filed on his behalf and that of other unnamed victims. “The leadership of the church has to stand for truth if it is going to have any kind of moral or ethical credibility in this country,” Jaufmann said.
  3. Additional accusations New suit April 2012 by 2 brothers re abuse as minors led to 2nd removal without privileges. Nunan paid one of the men in 2010-2012 to keep quiet.

Ophals affair Rev. Donald J. Ophals, ordained 1961, accused in 2003 of ‘improper sexual advances’ in late 1970s with male teen allegedly supplied by Rev. Jupin. Suit 7 May 2003 accused Jupin of intimidating complainant and 25 August 2003 suit accused diocese of slandering him. DA investigated intimidation at bishop’s request. Suits dismissed 1/30/04 without deciding validity of charges. Review board found in 2004 no ‘reasonable grounds’ for 2003 allegation, without interviewing complainant. Ophals reinstated. Placed on admin leave March 2011 Reinstated again November 2011.

Pizzutti affair Rev. Lawrence Pizzutti (d. 1970s), Franciscan, accused of abuse by a man who came forward in 2003 to allege abuse for many years by Pizzutti and a 2nd deceased priest. He notified the Albany diocese in c. 2001 and they offered him counseling and $4,000. He refused. Abuse began at age 15. Second man came forward 7/03 to report that he had notified the Diocese in 2002 that Pizzutti had abused him once at age 15. Diocese offered him counseling and in April 2003 they gave him a check for $7,000 to settle his claims without telling him of earlier claim.

Pratt affair Rev. Edward C. Pratt (1944-), ordained 1972, pastor of Corpus Christi in Ushers, NY, accused of abuse, dismissed 28 June 2002.

Puello affair Br. George Puello, Salesian, was accused of abuse in a. seminary, sued.

Purcell affair Rev. Robert H. Purcell, ordained 1972, in March 2011, Diocese removed Purcell, 76, retired pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Margaretville, Delaware County, after recent abuse claim dating to 1957, 17 years before his ordination. He has denied the allegation. DA’s office did not pursue criminal charges.

Rodino affair Rev. Salvatore Rodino (1951-) at St. Jude, where he had been since 2005, was placed on administrative leave after a sexual misconduct review board for the Diocese of Albany found “reasonable grounds to believe he sexually abused a minor about 27 years ago.” At the time of the alleged incident, which involved a teenager, Rodino was at Blessed Sacrament parish in Albany. Announced 25 October 2009.

Romano affair Rev.Joseph R. Romano, ordained 1966, accused of abuse in 1998 but authorities found the complaint unfounded. In 2002 and again in 2003 additional complaints were received. Placed on leave February 2003. Civil suit filed October 2005. Requested canonical trial August 2005. He served as a prison chaplain from 1984 to 1999 when he retired and moved to Florida. Romano served as assistant principal at former Cardinal McCloskey High School during mid-1970s and also served as Fire Dept. Chaplain from 1967 to 1984.

Rosch affair Rev. James J. Rosch, pastor of St. Joseph’s Church in Fort Edward, NY, accused of abuse, dismissed 28 June 2002.

Shinos affair Rev. Robert S. Shinos, ordained 1963, placed on leave March 2004 over allegations of sexual abuse of a boy in 1960s in Albany. Diocese review board says that the accusations were credible. Original accusation received anuary 2004. Shinos had been pastor of same church since 1977. Plaintiff filed a civil suit July 2004 against Albany Diocese and Boston Archdiocese saying he had been abused by Shinos and at least two other priests while he was growing up. He also alleged abuse by another priest as an adult.

Slavin affair Monsignor William M. Slavin (d. 1985), was accused of molestation at Williamstown, Lenox and Great Barrington where the alleged crimes occurred in the 1950s in a lawsuit filed by Edmund Zampier (attorney, John Aretakis), 29 November 2004.

  1. Zampier accusation Edmund Zampier, (1943) recalled a five-year period from 1959 to 1964 in which he claims he was molested by Slavin and several other priests, who were not named in the suit, who went on to high levels in the diocese. The alleged acts against Zampier occurred in New York, Vermont, Massachusetts and Canada.

Starks affair Rev. Donald Starks (deceased), ordained 1949, in Oct. 2004 man filed suit claiming abuse in 1976 in both Albany and Boston. Man said that he was abused beginning at age 14 by Starks and Fr. Mark Haight at St. Francis de Sales Church in Colonie. Says abuse took place in Albany and Boston areas. 2nd suit filed March 2005 re abuse in same time frame.

Stone case Rev. Carl Stone (d. 2006), ordained 1942, was announced in July 2008 that Albany had placed Stone on leave in 1981 after he pleaded guilty in County Court to sodomy charges stemming from an indictment that alleged sex with two teenage brothers in Colonie. Allegations also made when he worked for Ogdensburg Diocese. Went on to work in Canada until 1985 when Bishop Larocque terminated him after new allegations. Larocque knew of earlier allegations when he hired Stone. Died 11/06.

Urban affair Rev. Carl Urban (1940-)), ordained 1966, pastor of St. Adalbert’s Church in Schenectady, accused Attorney John Aretakis of making false statements about him during a May 2004 speech in which Aretakis said Urban was picked up by police for inappropriate sexual conduct. According to Urban there is no record of this. In response to Urban’s complaint, Aretakis accused him of being one of the most notoriously sexually active priests. Urban says that the allegations made against him by Aretakis are “absolutely false and defamatory”.

  1. DeSantis accusation Michael DeSantis (1977-) accused of Urban along with four priests — Alan Jupin, 73 (Jupin affair); Louis Douglas, 82 (Douglas affair); Donald Ophals, 77 (Ophals affair); and John Bertolucci, 73 (Bertolucci affair) of sexual abuse in separate incidents at Jupin’s former apartment in Colonie or at Our Lady of Mercy church in Colonie, August 2011.

Wilson affair Rev. Dozia J. Wilson, a black priest, was ordained in the Albany Diocese in 1972, served at Sacred Heart parish in Albany, was arrested in 1976 having been caught molesting two young boys in a local motel room but not prosecuted, instead he was served with an “Ultimatum from police to Bishop Broderick – get him out of Albany.”

  1. Desire for a change Broderick transferred Wilson to Cardinal Humberto Medeiros of Boston noting the priest “has expressed a desire to work among his own people.” Wilson was later accused of drinking and carousing with boys at the St. Joseph church rectory in Roxbury, including molesting teenage boys who lived with him at the rectory where he was assigned 1976-79. Wilson was then sent to priest treatment centers, then back to Albany. But none of that stopped Cardinal Humberto S. Medeiros and Bishop Thomas V. Daily, then vicar general of the archdiocese, from writing a total of three nearly identical letters of recommendation as Wilson sought to continue in ministry in the dioceses of Richmond, VA, and Tulsa, OK, in 1979, and Medeiros wrote to the US Navy in 1978. “He has expressed to me his desire for a change,” Daily wrote. Wilson returned to Albany in 1979. One victim from age 14 to 19, a basketball player and guitarist, recalled being the vulnerable product of a broken home in 1980. “He said that played into Wilson’s manipulation. He said the priest often plied him with alcohol and marijuana and then fondled him when they practiced music for Sunday liturgies at St. Ann’s Church in his hometown.” Yet it was not until 1997 that Bishop J. Hubbard “first received from a victim an allegation of sexual misconduct by Dozia Wilson,” according to a statement from the diocese. Diocese of Albany, after “extensive mediation,” agreed to pay the victim who was abused for two years from 1976 and occurred in the Archdiocese of Boston, $500,000. “When I look at this case it gets me more angry at Hubbard than Wilson, because Wilson is a sick, sick man and Hubbard knew it, and sent him off to an out-of-the-way church where he wasn’t watched and was able to molest more victims,” said attorney John Aretakis. Wilson was defrocked in 1993, then became spiritual director at St. Christopher’s Inc., an adolescent residential program in Dobbs Ferry, but was fired after being beaten in his apartment by an 18-year-old man he picked up in Manhattan 2003.

ABUSE ALLEGATION Priest placed on leave

Priest placed on leave

From the link:

4/19/2012 9:01:00 AM

The Albany Diocese has placed a Greene County priest on administrative leave from ministry pending the outcome of investigations into allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. The Diocese has referred the allegations to the Greene County District Attorney’s Office.

Rev. Jeremiah Nunan, 74, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Cairo and Our Lady of Knock Mission in East Durham, is temporarily barred from officiating at any sacraments, wearing clerical garb or presenting himself as a priest.

The Diocese acted after a civil lawsuit was filed claiming that Father Nunan sexually abused an individual between 1996 and 2003 when the individual was a minor and between 2007 and 2011 when the individual was an adult. The lawsuit named as defendants Father Nunan, one of the parishes and the Diocese. Father Nunan has denied the allegations.

The Diocese has a zero-tolerance policy for sexual abuse of children by clerics. Any priest or deacon against whom an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor is substantiated at any time is permanently removed from ministry.

This is the second time Father Nunan has been placed on administrative leave by the Diocese during an investigation of an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor. The previous allegation, received in 2006 and involving alleged abuse in the late 1960s and early 1970s in Hudson, was investigated by the Independent Mediation Assistance Program and could not be substantiated. As a result, the Diocese restored Father Nunan to ministry.

Father Nunan joined the Albany Diocese in 1963 after graduating from a seminary in Ireland, and has served at St. Henry’s parish in Averill Park, St. Mary’s in Little Falls, Our Lady of the Assumption in Latham and St. Mary’s in Hudson, and as chaplain for the Columbia Memorial Hospital School for Nursing.

The Diocese is arranging for other priests to celebrate Mass and perform other ministerial duties at the two parishes in Father Nunan’s absence.

The Diocese urges anyone who as a child was sexually abused by a Catholic priest or deacon to report the matter to a law enforcement agency or to the Diocese. To report an incident of abuse or to seek help, please contact the Diocese’s assistance coordinator, Theresa Rodrigues, at (518) 453-6646 or

Gerald T. Slevin, Update–Criminal Charges of Vatican Child Abuse Cover-Up

From the link:

Gerald T. Slevin, Update–Criminal Charges of Vatican Child Abuse Cover-Up

Monday, April 16, 2012

Jerry Slevin continues to be vigilant about what’s happening with Catholic church officials and the child abuse cover-up, from a legal standpoint.  He has just sent another outstanding statement, this one about SNAP’s filing last week of new charges updating their previous filing of criminal charges against the Vatican with the International Criminal Court, for the Vatican’s internationally orchestrated cover-up of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy.
Here’s Jerry’s statement:
SNAP, the international victims advocacy network, filed on April 11, 2012 with the International Criminal Court (ICC) a 19 page letter (“New Charges”), plus supporting documentation, updating  SNAP’s  prior September  2011  original  charges ( “Original Charges”).
The New Charges, include additional evidence supporting SNAP’s allegations against Pope Benedict XVI (Joseph Ratzinger) and three top Vatican subordinates, Cardinals Bertone, Levada and Sodano. SNAP alleges this Vatican clique for years has been, and still is, orchestrating a worldwide criminal cover-up by Catholic bishops of  priest child sexual abuse, including acts involving  systemic rape, sexual violence and torture, of hundreds of thousands of defenseless children. These collectively would constitute “crimes against  humanity” under the ICC treaty.
After SNAP filed the Original Charges, almost 500 additional victims from over 60 countries contacted SNAP with new allegations that SNAP has added to the Original Charges. The New Charges (accessible by clicking here) also contain brief and clear updates, with citation links, concerning other recent relevant developments since the Original Charges, including:
(1) September 2011: The issuance of the scathing and devasting report, “In Plain Sight”, by Amnesty International Ireland, concerning the recent  history of priest sexual abuse of children  in Ireland and of the Irish government’s “hands off” approach until recently  to the Catholic Church hierarchy’s and priests’ appalling misdeeds;
(2) October 2011: The indictment of Cardinal Justin Rigali’s protégé, Opus Dei Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City, for failing to report a child pornographer priest, and the April 5, 2012 court decision denying Finn’s motion to dismiss the criminal charges;
(3) November and December 2011: The issuance in Ireland of the sordid remainder of the Cloyne Diocese Report and the results of governmental audits in six additional Irish dioceses, all confirming in varying degrees a familiar pattern of abuse and bishops’ cover-up;
(4) December 2011: The issuance in the Netherlands of the massive Deetman report indicating tens of thousands of Dutch children had been sexually abused by priests over several  decades, supplemented by reports of several children being castrated following their reporting that they were sexually abused by clerics;
(5) January 2012: The publication of several articles highlighting the escalating  reporting of priest abuse of children in Poland and the special difficulty of getting governmental officials to confront the entrenched Polish Catholic hierarchy on priest abuse issues;
(6) March 2012: The publication by a former Legion of Christ priest of evidence of special canon law favoritism by the Pope and Cardinal Bertone towards admitted sexual deviant, Fr. Maciel, of Mexico;
(7) March-April 2012: The unprecedented ongoing  Philly criminal trial of a former top aide to Cardinals Bevilacqua and Rigali and the almost daily revelations of a decades-old cover-up, including document shredding by bishops and another  bishop’s admission under oath that  the important priest personnel decisions were always made by the Cardinals. The trial is establishing that a similar cover-up pattern was followed over a half-century by three different Cardinals with episcopal experience from five dioceses in four states, as well as in Rome. Each of the three Cardinals had close ties to the Vatican. The common cover-up pattern is indicative of at least policy coordination with Rome and, in some instances even, of direct coordination, as SNAP has alleged to the ICC generally with respect to the Vatican clique. This is discussed in more detail in my April 13, 2012 article about the Philly trial, accessible here.
(8) February-April: In New York, District Attorneys in the State Capitol, Albany, area have banded together to tighten up significantly the handling of claims of child sexual abuse by priests. In Milwaukee, a Federal bankruptcy judge has to date ruled against releasing massive records relating to priest child abuse in the Milwaukee Archdiocese. Generally, the US bishops’ latest annual report confirms a rise in overall priest child sexual abuse claims, including some  additional new claims, as well as the continued failure of some bishops to follow even the weak US bishops’ child protection guidelines.
In addition to the foregoing, the New Charges also spell out clearly the long standing directives to the bishops from the Vatican to resist adopting mandates that Catholic bishops must promptly report priest child abuse claims to the police.
Finally, the New Charges crisply summarize the effort of senior US bishops and their highly paid apologists and attorneys to retaliate against SNAP, apparently for filing criminal charges against the Vatican clique with the ICC. The recent appointment of a woman and a mother as the new ICC lead prosecutor may be giving the Vatican clique some sleepless nights about SNAP’s ICC case. The New Charges will likely only increase the retaliatory efforts against SNAP.
The protections from prosecution  surrounding the pope have been extensive to date, but they may eventually prove to have been in vain. The pope runs a tight ship, perhaps a throwback to his teenage German military service in the dangerous days at the end of World War II. For more infomation on this, please read the comments under, “An Opportunistic Pope,” “The Pope at the Masters” and “Kids, Women and Bishops Beware,” accessible by clicking here.
The International Criminal Court, or the ICC, is structurally independent of the United Nations and the World Court, and was established as a permanent tribunal at the Hague, Netherlands, a decade ago by an international treaty now ratified by over 120 nations that are annually assessed to support the ICC’s staff of over 500 professionals, as described here.
The ICC’s  special focus is on handling crimes against humanity, genocide and war crimes that, for various reasons, cannot readily be tried elsewhere, as in this case involving the Vatican. Given the geographical and chronological scope of the Vatican clique’s alleged crimes against humanity, there appears to be clear ICC juridiction over the Vatican clique if the ICC prosecutor decides to pursue the criminal case fully. Decisions to pursue criminal prosecutions frequently take a long period to evaluate, given the voluminous facts and documents, etc., sometimes taking over a year just for the decision to prosecute.
A new lead ICC prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, presently Deputy Prosecutor, takes office  in a few weeks. She has been an advocate on behalf of African victims of violence, including those in Rwanda, and is a mother with two sons, one of whom reportedly  lives currently in the United States.  For more on Mrs. Bensouda, please see this recent Irish Times article.
Ironically, as the pope is increasingly engaged in a war against women’s rights  as part of his US efforts to replace Barack Obama, the pope’s fate may now be decided initially by a woman ICC prosecutor in a case led by a woman, Pam Spees, a no-nonsense and very competent international human rights attorney, with her excellent professional colleagues and experienced staff at SNAP’s legal advocates, the Center For Constitutional Rights, an exceptionally successful and highly regarded human rights advocacy group based in New York City and described more fully here.
For 300 years, the early Church generally prospered and grew under and obeyed  Roman law applicable to all Romans, including bishops. For most of the next 1,700 years after Constantine’s virtual takover of the Church hierarchy, the imperial Church hierarchy have mostly made their own rules as an unaccountable hierarchical monarchy and frequent player in European power politics. The power politics ended substantively in 1870  when the Papal States were lost to Italian populists, but the pope still clings to the fantasy that the Vatican is a sovereign nation and player yet in power politics. Of course, the hierarchy has personally benefited, and continues to benefit, greatly from the monarchical structure, which is mainly why it  fights so fiercely to maintain its power and wealth.
Almost 150 years later, the pope is still resisting becoming accountable to the international rule of law that applies to almost all other world leaders and nations. The ICC  and European financial regulators will likely soon change that permanently.

Cross-posted on Open Tabernacle, 16 April 2012.

Local priest on leave; abuse claims investigated

From the link:

Local priest on leave; abuse claims investigated

Posted at: 04/16/2012 10:37 AM | Updated at: 04/16/2012 10:54 AM
By: WNYT Staff

CAIRO – The Albany Roman Catholic Diocese has placed Father Jeremiah Nunan on administrative leave from ministry, after allegations that he sexually abused a minor.

Father Nunan was also on leave six years ago, when he faced similar accusations, before he was restored to ministry.

Seventy-four-year-old Jeremiah Nunan is pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Cairo and Our Lady of Knock Mission in East Durham.

The diocese placed him on administrative leave, after a civil lawsuit claimed that Nunan sexually abused a child between 1996 and 2003, and then between 2007 and last year when that person was an adult.

Reverend Nunan is temporarily barred from officiating at any sacraments, or presenting himself as a priest.  Parishioners found out last weekend at mass.

Father Nunan was also on leave in 2006, after being accused of sexually abusing a teenaged boy in the late 1960’s and early seventies.

When NewsChannel 13 reported those accusations six years ago, many parishioners voiced their support of the priest.

The diocese says an investigation by the Independent Mediation Assistance Program could not substantiate the abuse claim, and Nunan returned to his duties.

Reverend Nunan has served at Saint Henry’s in Averill Park, Saint Mary’s in Little Falls, Assumption Parish in Latham, and Saint Mary’s in Hudson.