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THESE ARE CRIMES, NOT SINS, GET IT RIGHT ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH!!!


THESE ARE CRIMES, NOT SINS, GET IT RIGHT ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH!!!

By Frank J LaFerriere

Dear Roman Catholic Church,
When YOU assholes call what you all did to us? When YOU call crimes such as child abuse, child rape, child slavery and yes, child murder just sins? YOU lessen the impact of these crimes.

Get it through your sick and twisted disgusting heads right now.

1. Raping children is a CRIME.
2. Covering up the rapes of children is a CRIME.
3. Enslaving children in your Magdalene Laundries is a CRIME.
4. Murdering children and victims, by their suicides, is a CRIME.
5. Gang raping and gang beating children, like you all did in your Industrial Homes, like the one at Artane, is a CRIME.
6. Standing up and defending these kinds of CRIMES makes YOU an accomplice.

Asking for victims of your crimes to forgive you is WRONG!!! We did absolutely nothing wrong, YOU DID. Why should we even accept YOUR FAKE APOLOGIES when YOU STILL blame US and attack US for your crimes against US? Why do YOU feel we should forgive YOU when you continue to do the following against us:

1. DENYING US JUSTICE FOR THE CRIMES YOU COMMITTED AGAINST US.
2. BLAMING US FOR THE CRIMES THAT WERE COMMITTED AGAINST US.3. ATTACKING US AS THE EVIL ONES FOR STANDING UP AND CRYING OUT ABOUT THE CRIMES YOU COMMITTED AGAINST US.
4. DECLARING US THE EVIL ONES FOR SPEAKING OUT AGAINST THE CRIMES COMMTTED AGAINST US BY YOUR PSYCHOTIC PEDOPHILE PIMPS, YOUR PSYCHOTIC PEDOPHILE AND ABUSIVE PRIESTS, YOUR PSYCHOTIC PEDOPHILE AND ABUSIVE NUNS.
5. USING YOUR SCUMBAGS PSYCHOS LIKE BILL DONOHUE OF THE CATHOLIC LEAGUE TO INSULT AND DENIGRATE US.

You all deserve to be arrested for your crimes against us. You all deserve to pay for your crimes against us, including the murder of us. For when ANY victim of your pedohiles have committed suicide, that is murder and YOU should be charged for it.

YOU DO NOT DESERVE TO BE CALLED HOLY MEN OF GOD. YOU DO NOT DESERVE DIGNITY AND RESPECT. YOU DO NOT DESERVE ANYTHING LESS THAN TO BE CALLED FOR WHO AND WHAT YOU ARE….

YOU ARE DISGUSTING CHILD RAPISTS. YOU ARE DISGUSTING PEDOPHILES. YOU ARE DISGUSTING PEDOPHILE PIMPS. YOU ARE DISGUSTING CHILD MURDERERS.

YOU HAVE RAPED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN. YOU HAVE ENSLAVED THOUSANDS MORE IN YOUR LAUNDRIES. YOU HAVE BEATEN AND TORTURED AND BRUTALIZED THEM. YOU HAVE DESTROYED THEIR LIVES. YOU DO NOT DESERVE PRAISE AND WORSHIP FOR THIS, YOU DESERVE CONDEMNATION AND OSTRASIZATION FOR THIS. YOU DESERVE TO BE ARRESTED AND TRIED AND UPON CONVICTION FOR YOUR CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY AND THE CHILDREN OF THE WORLD, EXECUTED FOR YOUR CRIMES. NO GREATER CALL FOR A DEATH PENALTY PUNISHMENT THAN THE BRUTAL RAPES, BEATINGS, ENSLAVEMENT AND MURDER OF CHILDREN THAT YOU ALL HAVE DONE AND ARE GUILTY FOR SHOULD BE CALLED FOR. YOU DESERVE TO BE EXECUTED ACTUALLY, IN MY OPINION USING THE VERY TOOLS OF THE INQUISITIONS THAT YOU USED TO EXECUTE OTHERS!!!

 

The Popes Pear

The Popes Pear

The Judas Chair

The Judas Chair

Each and every one of the following named individuals, have overwhelming, convincing and clear evidence against, that they were in fact, Pedophile pimps, in that they moved dangerous pedophile priests, from one parish to another, covering up for the rapes and abuses of children by these disgusting pedophiles and then they raped and abused even more children.

THERE IS OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE AGAINST EACH AND EVERY FOLLOWING NAMED INDIVIDUAL, THEY PLACED THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, ITS PEDOPHILE PRIESTS AND NUNS, IT’S PSYCHOTIC, ABUSIVE PRIESTS AND NUNS, BEFORE THE SAFETY AND PROTECTION OF CHILDREN.

There is clean and convincing evidence, against each and every following named individual, that they are part of the larger organization, The Roman Catholic Church and that worldwide, have committed atrocities and crimes against the children of the world and humanity that are overwhelming provable:

About 35,000 children and teenagers who were orphans, petty thieves, truants, unmarried mothers or from dysfunctional families were sent to Ireland’s network of 250 Church-run industrial schools, reformatories, orphanages and hostels from the 1930s up until the early 1990s. For six decades, priests and nuns terrorised boys and girls in the workhouse-style schools with sexual, physical and mental abuse.

This does NOT include the crimes against children and humanity, where ever these Roman Catholic Churches institutions were found, from Belgium, France, Italy, Australia, New South Wales, Germany, United States, Canada, and the world over.

EACH AND EVER ONE OF THE FOLLOWING PEDOPHILE PIMPS SHOULD BE ARRESTED AND TRIED FOR THEIR

CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY AND THE CHILDREN OF THE WORLD!!!

Pope Emeritus Benedict

Cardinals: Adam Maida, Agostino Vallini, Angelo Scola, Angelo Sodano, Anthony Bevilacqua, Bernard Law, Dominik Duka, Donald Wuerl, Franc Rode, Francis George, Francisco Javier Errazurtz Ossa, George Pell, Godfried Danneels, Hans Groer, Humberto Mederios, John Cody, John Krol, Joseph Bernardin, Juan Cipriani, Justin Rigali, Keith O’Brien, Leonardo Sandri, Ludwig Mueller, Marc Ouellet, Norberto Rivera, Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga, Partick O’Malley, Peter Turkson, Raymond Burke, Richard Cushing, Roger Mahony, Sean Brady, Silvio Oddi, Tarcisio Bertone, Thomas Winning, Timothy Dolan, Vinko Puljic, Wilfred Fox Napier, William Levada.

Archbishops: Andre Richard, Anthony Sablan, Charles J Chaput, Denis Hart, Diarmuid Martin, Ernest Leger, Frank Little, Gerhard Ludwig Muller, Harry Flynn, Jerome Hanus, Jerome Listecki, John Charles McQuaid, John Clay Neinstedt, John Meyers, John Roach, Jose Horacio Gomez, Josef Wesolowski, Luciano Storero, Mario Conti, Peter Gerety, Peter Sartain, Pio Laghi, Rembert Weakland, Ricardo Ezzati Andrello, Robert Carlson, Silvano Tomasi, Theodore McCarrick, Valery Vienneau, William Cousins, Ricardo Ezzati Andrello.

Bishops: Peter Anthony Libasci, A.J. Quinn, Andrew Cozzens, Anthony O’Connell, Antonio Sarto, Bill Wright, Carl Mengeling, Christopher Foster, David M O’Connell, David Zubik, Donald Kettler, Edward Cullen, Eugene Laroque, Gabino Miranda, George H. Guilfoyle, George Leo Thomas, Gerard Frey, Henry Kennedy, Howard Hubbard, James Garland, James Hoeppner, James Kavanagh, James Murray, James Timlin, John B McCormack, John Doerfler, John Magee, Joseph Cistone, Joseph Devine, Joseph Imesch, Joseph V Adamec, Kieran Thomas Conry, Kenneth Povish, Laurence Glenn, Leo Clarke, Louis E. Gelineau, Marco Antonio Ordenes, Michael Bransfield, Michael Jarrell, Michael John Browne, Michael Malone, Patrick Cooney, Patrick Cotter, Peter Conners, Raphael Michael Fliss, Raymond Lahey, Richard Sklba, Robert C. Evans, Robert E. Mulvee, Robert Finn, Robert Rose, Roger Vangheluwe, Rogello Livieres, Seamus Hegarty, Thomas Curry, Thomas Daily, Thomas J. Tobin, Vincent Leonard, William Lynn, Wilton Gregory, Wojeciech Polak, Maurice Schexnayder.

Diocesan Cases of Albany


Diocesan Cases of Albany

From the link: http://www.eurekaencyclopedia.com/index.php/Category:Diocesan_Cases_of_Albany

(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.

Shame on you for cheering the Pope


Shame on you for cheering the Pope

My letter to the Editor that appeared in the Berlin Daily Sun on Friday March 1, 2013

http://berlindailysun.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=44628%3Ashame-on-you-for-cheering-the-pope&catid=73&Itemid=428

To the editor: I am not too happy today watching the crowds cheer this man who helped cover up Marciel and the others who raped children. So I thought I would ask you to post this as a letter to the editor PLEASE
Shame on you for cheering this man
I’m watching the crowds cheer on Pope Benedict XVI as he celebrates his last day as Pope on GMA. Every time I see him he makes me sick. Sure hang onto Jesus Christ, who was loved by god who gave his life for us. Sure. I gave my life too. I gave it to your priest the night he raped my body and tortured my mind, heart and soul.
This leader whom you are cheering on today, knew about Marciel. He knew about the others. Twice, once as the head of the Doctrine of Faith and again as the Pope, he had a chance to show us all he was truly sorry and repentant for the evil he and so many others helped perpetrate against innocent children and clean house and make sure that those responsible for their heinous crimes against children, paid for those crimes. Instead he waited three years to even think of acting on one perverted, degenerate priest and another I will not even get into because it sickens me so much. He did absolutely nothing REAL to put an end to the suffering of the victims of priest rape, which what we need is true and honest justice, he only perpetuated the cover ups by doing nothing more than having some priests lay prostrate as a sign of repentance and then offer a few letters and statements of apologises. The Church was supposed to really start helping the victims. Ask any victim today still dealing with the Roman Catholic Church and you will hear different. Two, three years later, and still waiting. Still hoping, meanwhile we still pay our bills for our therapy, still watch the crowds cheer on these people in praise, love and adoration and still wonder when we will even get a measure of justice and maybe recompense for our shattered lives. All the while these leaders who helped perpetuate this evil still get fatter and fatter, driving their high priced limos, going into their million dollar churches, hoping on jets to Rome to go vote for the next Pope who will again offer empty words and promises to us victims of his degenerate, twisted priests.
Then you have the people who helped covered up some of the biggest child rapist rings in the United States, alot of them going to vote for the next pope? Cardinals Timothy Dolan, William Leveda, Roger Mahony, Bernard Law, Anthony Bevilacqua, John Krol, Richard Cushing, George Pell, Humberto Medeiros, and so many more, plus Bishops Bill Wright, Robert Finn, Edward Cullen, and too many more to name, plus the over 3,700 named priests, nuns and brothers/priests from orders JUST IN THE UNITED STATES, who all participated in this incredible cover up and evil of the rape and torture of children??? You can in fact find these names on Bishops Accountability and their Database of Accused Priests. Look at the lists. Read their crimes. Read the police reports of the crimes. Tell me this does not sicken and disgust you. Yet then tell me these people who did this to your own children, have a right to hear the crowds praise their name?
Wow, if I were Parishioners of the Roman Catholic Church and I could not understand why people would be pissed at YOUR CHURCH, YOUR POPE, YOUR CARDINALS, YOUR BISHOPS, YOUR PRIESTS AND NUNS AND YOU PARISHIONERS…….I would say I needed my head examined.
Instead of demanding long ago this Pope and all the rest of these criminals resign and submit to prosecution for their crimes, you hid your head in the sands and then offered this den of people who covered up the crimes of rape of your very own children, praise, worship, adoration, cheers, love, and forgiveness. What right do you have to forgive them when they have not repented of their sins and when you are in fact not the ones who should be doing the forgiving here. It is we victims of these sick and twisted degenerate priests and those leaders who covered it up who should be doing the forgiving.
And your Cardinal Roger Mahony having the unmitigated gall to tell us victims he forgive US because we victims are mad at him because we are still suffering, steal dealing with the stall tactics, still dealing with the circus that is their way of investigating and bringing to justice those who harmed us? Yeah right and I got a nice bridge to sell ya.
So all you Parishioners go ahead and cheer and sing praises to Pope Benedict XVI, who covered up for Marcel Marciel, the founder of the Legion of Christ. A plagerizer, womanizer, pederast and drug addict, whom when the Pope was head of the Doctrine of Faith as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, had a duty and responsibility to defrock and kick this evil out of his church and have him prosecuted to the fullest extent the law allows. but did absolutely nothing, even given warning after warning by his Bishops and others that something must be done about Marciel. Even after two years the Pope tells the Bishop that he needed more information and at least another year to investigate. This is just one priest that he was responsible for, both as Cardinal Ratzinger and as Pope Benedict XVI to make sure never harmed another child, but no, he put the church before the children, and you are cheering him?
The ones you should be cheering today? Are all those who managed to survive the horrors we went through at the hands of your priests, not the ones who made sure these crimes continued because they damn well did in fact put the church before the children of the church.
Shame on you for cheering on this man today, or anyone associated with the cover ups of the crime of child rape and shame on you if you do not speak out and demand these men resign and submit to prosecution for their crimes.
Frank LaFerriere
Berlin N.H.

Next Pope & Only Some Cardinals Are Immune For Abuse Crimes


Next Pope & Only Some Cardinals Are Immune For Abuse Crimes

By Jerry Slevin, a retired Catholic and Harvard “schooled” international lawyer

From the link: http://christiancatholicism.com/next-pope-only-some-cardinals-are-immune-for-abuse-crimes/

Tens of thousands of survivors of priest rape worldwide, and many millions of other people, surely think it outrageous that either the Pope or any Cardinal is immune from prosecution for child endangerment. Nevertheless, the next Pope and Cardinals at the Vatican are likely immune, as Cardinal Law well knew when he fled Boston for the Vatican.

Philly’s Cardinal Bevilacqua lacked immunity, but died last year before his likely imminent indictment. His successor, Cardinal Rigali, appears to remain at risk as the civil case against him proceeds. Their top subordinate, Monsignor Lynn, today sits in prison for following the cover-up orders of his Cardinal.

Los Angeles prosecutors, recently emboldened by an evidentially “Vatican blessed” public shaming of Cardinal Mahoney, are feverishly combing through recently released files apparently trying to find some basis to prosecute Cardinal Mahoney.

Neither Cardinal Rigali nor Ireland’s Cardinal Brady have been publicly shamed, so far at least, for their well reported abuse cover-up misdeeds, nor has convicted Opus Dei Bishop Finn, a St. Louis protégé like Cardinal Dolan of the Vatican clique’s longtime colleague, Cardinal Rigali.

It appears that, for the immune Vatican clique, there are different shaming standards depending on which Cardinal misbehaves. Apparently, Cardinals like Mahoney, who may be disapproved of politically by key plutocratic Republican Vatican contributors, are at a higher risk of public shaming. If this arbitrary process fails to make some Cardinals anxious, they should have a serious talk soon with their criminal lawyers.

Overall, few Cardinals outside the Vatican are likely legally immune from local prosecution for child endangerment. Most Cardinals must now worry if they face potential prosecution whether the next Pope will offer them the “Cardinal Law shield” or the “Cardinal Mahoney shaft”. Hierarchical “hardball”, to be sure!

Moreover, neither the Pope nor any Cardinal is immune from prosecution for crimes against humanity by the mother who is currently serving as Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. She has been involved recently in a major conviction of a senior political leader for aiding and abetting crimes against humanity. The Pope and Cardinals Sodano, Bertone and Levada are currently the subject of a criminal complaint filed for crimes against humanity allegedly for the worldwide cover-up of priest rapes of innocent children. The Pope’s resignation has likely reduced the political resistance to this case proceeding, possibly with the addition as criminal defendants of other Vatican Cardinals who may have played a role in covering-up or in suppressing canonical judicial investigations under the “omerta” approach.

The octogenarian Vatican clique is now trying to ram through quickly a subservient new Pope who will do their bidding for their few remaining years, leaving younger Cardinals, Bishops and worldwide Catholics to fend for themselves thereafter. Cardinals are now being stampeded to vote early. Will all Cardinals be so shortsighted to fall for this? Will at least one-third of them slow the election process down and still salvage the Church (and themselves) instead? There is a way they can do this as described below.

All Cardinals, if only in their own self-interest, need to act now to begin to fix the Church first before it is too late, especially before a complicit new Pope is installed for life to protect the Vatican clique. Prosecutors are increasingly moving into the Church, while Catholics are steadily moving out, and all will continue to do so if the Church is not fixed promptly.

President Obama’s new Catholic chief of staff just said on Meet The Press, in effect, that the Church will do fine if it does the right things. And what if it continues to do some bad things as is obscenely reported almost daily in the international media? President Obama and a U.S. Presidential investigation commission, similar to Australia PM Julia Gillard’s new commission, would have the clout to compel much of the fix needed. President Obama has condemned institutional child sexual abuse. Cardinal Dolan and Archbishop Lori continue to try to derail Obamacare with their absurd “Taco Bell” ploy.

Will Cardinals instead try to fix the Church themselves now or just continue the risk of sitting in prison cells, as some of them very well may be doing soon,  wishing they had fixed it when they could have? Philly’s Monsignor Lynn, former top subordinate to Cardinals Rigali and Bevilacqua now in jail for child endangerment, proves this risk is real. Make sure you ask Cardinal Rigali about this at the conclave next month.

Here’s what smart Cardinals can and should do. They need to block by a one-third vote any papal candidate that will not agree publicly now to take the following three actions:

(1) Serve only a three year term subject to re-election thereafter. Pope Benedict just proved by resigning that the papacy is not a lifelong position.

(2) Appoint now a special committee to identify and recommend within nine months needed structural and pastoral changes, as described in my April 2010 Washington Post web column you should read now that tried to warn Pope Benedict three years ago about what he was facing, that he foolishly failed to acknowledge, and which is linked here at:

http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/guestvoices/2010/04/pope_should_endorse_independent_investigation.html

(3) Implement the needed changes so identified at a worldwide council held away from Rome within six months of receipt of the special committee’s recommendations as described in my Washington Post column.

Alternatively, Cardinals can give the Vatican clique their blank papal proxies, then hire expensive criminal lawyers and pray for a miracle. How do they really think God will respond?

Pertinently, among some of the relevant guidelines generally ascribed to Jesus are that he was opposed to  a self-important, excessively scrupulous and overly indulgent religious hierarchy and that he thought children should be protected from  harm. These points have neither been consistently understood nor respected in the Vatican for decades, even for centuries. The “Good News”, or the Gospels, have often been disregarded by the Catholic hierarchy where a Renaissance culture of opulence and celibate incomprehension of children still predominate today.

Where in the Gospels did Jesus say predatory priests are to be protected before innocent children, like the Vatican has done for decades, if not centuries? Where did Jesus instruct his followers to wear $30,000 outfits paid for by donations like Cardinal Burke reportedly does? Where did Jesus tell his followers to launder money like Cardinals reportedly do through the Vatican Bank?

If, as Benedict has clearly indicated, a Pope should go if he is unable to perform his duties, should he be removed if he is unwilling to perform or performs badly? Should there be term limits or maximum age limits?  Of course, the only logical answer is yes to all of these related questions. But the Vatican is run by power politics, not logic, or even spiritual values for that matter. Some Vatican Cardinal will likely leak soon the real reasons Benedict is retiring. Benedict will meet soon with top Italian leaders who seem to be benefiting in their own election contests from the media attention on the Pope. Is an immunity deal in the air? In any event, the real story should be our soon.

It is time to restore Catholic leadership to the consensual approach that Jesus and early Catholics followed for over three centuries until Roman Emperors converted the Catholic Bishops, including the Pope, into an imperial bureaucracy dominated by a Vatican clique that dictated ruthlessly for 1,700 years, and still dictates, top-down to Catholics seemingly to fill the clique’s coffers. It seems significant that key Vatican powers, Pope Benedict and Cardinal Sodano, were both born in 1927 and spent their formative years under totalitarian dictators, Hitler and Mussolini, respectively. This is well reflected in their hierarchical approach, but they seem to forget that the Fuhrer and Il Duce eventually got their gruesome rewards, mainly at the hands of constitutional democracies. The Vatican no longer has powerful European monarchs or opportunistic dictators to protect it and plutocrats flee weakness quickly. The Holy Roman Emperor’s phone has been disconnected for almost a century.

Catholics will not likely in their lifetimes have a better opportunity than in connection with the papal election to reform the Church, and at the same time to protect children as Jesus commanded. It is time to restore the consensual church management structure that the overwhelming vote of Vatican II Cardinals and Bishops contemplated would be adopted a half century ago before a minority of Cardinals like Ottaviani, Wotyla, Ratzinger, Sodano, Bertone, Levada, Rigali, Mahoney, Law, Burke, Bevilacqua, Brady, et al., subverted its implementation.

Pope John XXIII issued in 1962 the main secrecy order on priest child sex abuse. But he also realized that accountability had to be restored to save the Church. He took the first step by trying to get the Vatican Cardinals to share power with the worldwide bishops. He died soon thereafter and the Vatican Cardinals’ clique rejected power sharing craftily. Since then, they have installed compliant Popes who like the papal prestige and are happy to do the clique’s bidding. But the democratic rule of law has run out of patience with clerical child abusers and Popes no longer have any effective political power, as the re-election of President Obama and papal political setbacks in the Philippines, Australia, the United Kingdom, France and elsewhere just proved.

The International Sheriff appears to be on his way to Rome and the Pope cannot hide for long with Gorgeous Georg in a refurbished convent. Some of his own Cardinals, or his butler, may likely help nail him, it appears.  The Vatican clique’s unending stream of blunders, the latest including (1) appointing Cardinal Law’s former canon lawyer as chief Vatican prosecutor of predatory priests, (2) appointing as part-time Vatican Bank “chief” a German investment banker, who is reportedly also overseeing a major arms dealer, and (3) the selectively and gratuitously shaming of Cardinal Mahoney publicly.

But at this point does any of this matter to most Catholics worldwide? While it may seem overly pessimistic to say so soon that the next Pope will likely fail too, it is just being realistic; and yet there is also room for much optimism. The papal resignation is tantamount to an admission of failure and will lead to de-mystification of the papacy quickly. Pope Benedict XVI, soon to again be non-Pontiff, Joseph Ratzinger, and his Vatican clique led by Cardinal Sodano et al.,  have already set the stage for the next failure.

The sudden call for a quick election conclave substantially diminishes any chance of a real opposition being mounted by non-Vatican Cardinals. Since the Pope apparently knew for some time he would resign, the suddenness seems well planned. Ratzinger will soon be living a few hundred yards away from the new Pope in his refurbished retirement base, hardly a monastery.

Ratzinger and Sodano already likely know who will be the next Pope and one would be foolish to bet against them. Perhaps Cardinals might save some money by just mailing in blank proxies to Sodano.

The reason for some optimism is that the Vatican clique’s apparent raw power grab will now just accelerate the sinking of the Vatican Titanic that much sooner. Even overly trusting Catholics will see through the clerical charade. Various prosecutors and survivors lawyers can now be expected to be able to reach Ratzinger, who may lose his legal immunity in a few weeks. Once the rule of international law starts pulling hard directly on papal threads, the Vatican hierarchy can expect to be quickly uncovered and forced to initiate reforms, perhaps after some senior officials face prosecution, which is likely not too far off.

For example, longtime Vatican Cardinal Rigali is still at risk of prosecution in Philadelphia where his predecessor, Cardinal Bevilacqua, last year apparently escaped a likely imminent criminal indictment for child endangerment by dying first! Their hapless senior aide, Monsignor Lynn, took the fall so far and is in prison.

Yes, Cardinals apparently will now go to Rome, but they could have demanded first that a conference be convened soon, before any election occurs,  to be held far away from Rome to address seriously and comprehensively the Church’s major problems, which are just getting worse with the recent decades of papal inattention and will continue to get worse if Ratzinger and Sodano elect their man.

Catholics are not and should not be waiting on Cardinals. Australian and Irish Catholics have already gotten their governments to act. Now many from different faiths and no faith all across the USA, and even worldwide, including some of those harmed by the abuse of the deaf victims in Milwaukee, have already signed my petition calling on President Obama to step up. They have indicated they have had enough with the domination of local prosecutors and legislators by the Catholic hierarchy and its well paid apologists and lawyers.

More signatures, including yours, will help accelerate the establishment of the U.S. national investigation commission, especially important now when the Vatican may be at a turning point.

We all have a moral obligation to protect children and signing a petition is a simple, yet potentially effective, way towards meeting that obligation. Please take a minute and sign it at:

http://www.change.org/petitions/president-obama-investigate-child-sexual-abuse-by-priests-rabbis-religious-leaders

Please, as well, ask those you respect and who value children to sign it also. If you are active in a U.S. advocacy group, ask your leadership to support the petition. Similarly reticent progressive Catholic voices, like the National Catholic Reporter and Commonweal, seem reluctant to press for the positive prospects of President Obama establishing a U.S. national investigation commission. They need now to take a stand.

What are they all waiting for? Blogging, writing, debating and prayer, however admirable and well intentioned, have to date barely influenced the Vatican clique and their subservient U.S. Bishops on reforms and will likely do little more in the future, certainly in the near term as more children are raped by priests, while duped Catholics continue to contribute enabling complicit bishops to protect priest pedophiles and predators perpetually.

I have separately proposed that President Obama consider appointing First Lady, Michelle Obama, to chair the new Obama commission. She is well respected as a Harvard lawyer and devoted mother.  She would be an ideal choice with her established credibility if she were willing to accept the appointment.

The First Lady of the USA could consult with another effective former practicing lawyer, Julia Gillard, Australia’s Prime Minister, who just established a national investigation commission that already has the Catholic hierarchy and the Vatican running for cover.

Prime Minister Gillard recently disclosed that the tipping points in her decision to call for a national commission were the numerous disclosures that the Catholic Bishops, as part of their cover-up, moved predatory priests to avoid prosecution to other states and even other countries, where the predators continued their sexual abuse of more trusting and innocent children. The multistate and multinational dimensions of the crimes against children apparently convinced Prime Minister Gillard she had to take action at the Federal level. This moving of predatory priests interstate and across national borders has, of course, happened repeatedly in the USA as well, necessitating a Federal response in the USA as well.

If the First Lady would oversee this, President Obama would still be able to focus on his many other priorities, including resisting the Vatican’s and its plutocratic Republican contributors’ unrelenting and opportunistic efforts to derail Obamacare over contraception insurance and immigration reform over gay marriage.

U.S. voters recently made clear their rejection of the Vatican’s lobbying efforts to deny marriage equality for gay U.S citizens. Now the Vatican appears to be trying to deny it for gay immigrants. As to the Vatican’s relentless and futile anti-contraception crusade,  79 year old conservative Cologne Cardinal Meisner, recently approved a “morning after” pill of the type that, only a few months ago, many U.S. Bishops were condemning President Obama for helping U.S. women gain affordable access to. Does the Vatican understand how contraceptive pills work? Does the Vatican understand that President Obama has been re-elected?

If there tragically were not over 200 million “unplanned” children living miserably in countries where Vatican lobbying effectively denied their parents access to affordable contraception, a dispute among octogenarian celibates over permissible forms of contraception would make good political satire! But sadly, the Vatican’s anti-contraceptive efforts, apparently mainly to please the Vatican’s plutocratic Republican donors by keeping family planning wedge issues in political play, will very likely only fail again, while these efforts continue nevertheless to burden families and children.

Does the right hand talk to the left among Cardinals and the Vatican clique? Do the unprecedented, selective and well orchestrated shaming by an Opus Dei Archbishop of Cardinal Mahoney, and the unexpected support from Cardinal Meisner for contraception that is reportedly starting to stir up German Bishops, indicate a Cardinals’ revolt is brewing. Will this revolt affect the papal elections next month? We may soon find out.

Please click on to the black text at the top of this column for my analysis of related topics. In particular, for more analysis of the powerful political influence of the Catholic hierarchy here, please see my remarks at

http://wp.me/P2YEZ3-lN

For more analysis of how the emerging divisions among Cardinals might have changed the papal election process, please see my remarks at

http://wp.me/P2YEZ3-gW

Finally, I hope some of you will consider linking this statement to your comments at appropriate websites, such as at:

(1) National Catholic Reporter ( http://ncronline.org ) and of

(2) Commonweal ( http://www.commonwealmagazine.org/blog/ ).

Thank you.

 

Bishop John McCormack files: Church covered up 4 decades of abuse


Bishop John McCormack files: Church covered up 4 decades of abuse

By Tom Mashberg and Jack Sullivan         Boston (MA) Herald         June 5, 2002

Documents on 10 suspended clerics released yesterday put Bernard Cardinal Law, three subordinates and even the late Richard Cardinal Cushing at the center of a broad effort to hide the truth about clergy abuse from parishioners, victims and the public.

The damaging new documents on the suspended clerics also reflect unfavorably on the oversight of priests under the long-lionized Cushing as well as Law’s predecessor, the late Humberto Cardinal Medeiros.

“What we now have before us is a four-decade-long pattern of protecting, harboring and covering up for known child molesters,” said attorney Roderick MacLeish Jr., who released the files and is to depose Law today.  “To claim any more that these are isolated cases is absurd.”

The Rev. Christopher R. Coyne, spokesman for Law, conceded yesterday that the latest batch of documents was damaging to his besieged archdiocese. “Once again, it was part of the protective culture of the church of the time,” Coyne said, “and forgetting . . . that the first thing has to be the protection of children.

“It’s going to take a long time to Recover the credibility we’ve lost,” he added.

Included in the files is a three-page handwritten 1993 Law memo in which he details why he let Rev. Eugene M. O’Sullivan be shifted in 1985 to  a diocese in New Jersey – even though O’Sullivan had been convicted of raping an Arlington altar boy just a year earlier.

“Boston was not acceptable because of possible scandal,” Law wrote in the 1993 memo, which he apparently prepared after the Associated Press and other news media contacted the chancery about O’Sullivan’s criminal past. “While assignment of a priest under these circumstances is arguable, our present policy does not permit it.”

Nonetheless, after O’Sullivan was bounced from Metuchen, N.J., because of his Bay State convictions, he was allowed by Law to wear his clerical collar for 17 more years – and even served formally at Carney Hospital in Dorchester. The lengths to which Law himself went to assure new priestly duties for O’Sullivan and two other longtime problem pastors – the Revs. Ernest E. Tourigney and Daniel M Graham – are just some of the troubling personnel moves outlined in the files, obtained by MacLeish as part a pretrial investigation of the Rev. Paul R. Shanley.

Other revelations included in the long-hidden files are these:

– Embattled Bishop John B. McCormack of Manchester, N.H., denied over and over to parishioners that Rev. Joseph E. Birmingham was a threat to molest minors, even though Birmingham’s personnel file showed evidence of abuse starting under Cushing in 1964. In April 1987, in his capacity as Law’s secretary for ministerial personnel, McCormack reviewed an emotional inquiry about Birmingham from a male parishioner at St. Ann’s Church in Gloucester. The parishioner, whose son, then 13, was an altar boy under Birmingham, said he learned that Birmingham had been removed from his parish for molesting children, and that the priest had soon after fallen into “poor health.”

Because Birmingham had also preached about AIDS, and was rumored to have engaged in risky sexual practices, the parishioner wrote: “I am concerned about the AIDS situation, and about a priest possibly molesting my son.”  He asked Law for an explanation. In answer, McCormack wrote that Law had received the letter and asked McCormack to investigate. McCormack then wrote: “I have contacted Father Birmingham and . . . he assured me there is absolutely no factual basis for your concern regarding your son and him. . . . I feel he would tell me the truth . . . in this matter.”

Birmingham died wasting away from cancer in 1989. Some 40 men have come forward in recent months to file lawsuits against him for abuse, and church files quote him admitting several times under questioning to “sexual improprieties.” Gary Bergeron of Lowell, a Birmingham accuser, said yesterday: “Page after page shows they all knew he was a molester a full decade before he abused me and my brother, but did nothing. It’s incredible to see how  these `men of God’ let this go on for so long.”

– The files mark the first clear indications Cushing engaged in cover-ups. The Herald reported last month that Medeiros was deeply implicated in         efforts to hide the depredations of defrocked and jailed pedophile James R. Porter. In a letter dated Oct. 1, 1964, a Marshfield couple wrote to Cushing detailing the sexual abuse of their 12-year-old son by O’Sullivan at St. Ann’s Church in Marshfield. In the letter, the couple told Cushing that O’Sullivan had fondled their son, an altar boy, several times that summer. They also informed Cushing of at least four other altar boys who spoke of being sexually abused by O’Sullivan. The couple said they had reported the incidents to the church pastor, who said he would relay their concerns to the archdiocese. The couple later found out the pastor had not followed through. That is when they wrote to Cushing.

“We are taking the liberty of reporting directly to you . . . trusting that you in your wisdom will know best how best to handle the matter,” the couple wrote Cushing.

Shortly after, O’Sullivan was transferred to Our Lady’s Parish in Waltham. That same year, similar accusations were levied, and he was again transferred, next to Point of Pines Church in Revere. An unsigned memo from 1964 acknowledges allegations against O’Sullivan and noted a three-week vacation was arranged beginning June 16, 1964, until July 6, 1964.

“Informed (O’Sullivan) that we would transfer him, effective approx. July 9,” the note states.

And despite Law’s insistence in his 1993 memo there were “no previous reports” of accusations on O’Sullivan, an internal memo from “T.J.D.” to Bishop Alfred Hughes confirmed the O’Sullivan problem. “As far as I can see there is no evidence of treatment following the events of 1964, just transferred etc. . . .,” the memo states.

– Regarding Father Graham, removed in February from St. Joseph’s in Quincy, the papers show he was assigned a “mediator” in 1988 by Bishop         Robert J. Banks, now of Green Bay, Wis., a Law aide who was deposed yesterday for his role in the Boston scandal.

The mediator was Shanley, now awaiting trial on three counts of child rape, who acted as middle-man between Graham and the accuser. Shanley         referred Graham to Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA), a program for sexual addictions loosely based on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.

“With Fr. Paul Shanley’s help I have discovered a helpful support group, S.L.A.A.,” Graham wrote to his victim. “Meetings are helpful to keep ones sexuality in check.”

Graham was cleared by church officials to resume parish ministry, but in 1992 was charged once again with abusing minors. In a 1996 letter to         Graham, Law offered him a dispensation from Law’s 1993 rules governing  molester priests so that he could resume parish work.

– The documents also further the evidence that Medeiros allowed pedophile priests to remain in the ministry and transferred rather than disciplined them.

In 1973, Medeiros approved the request of Rev. Ernest E. Tourigney to take a post as student chaplain at Catholic University in Washington.         Medeiros knew Tourigney had been transferred to St. Mary’s in Holliston after accusations of molestation at Immaculate Conception Church in Weymouth.

In his letter to Medeiros requesting the post, Tourigney said his stay at St. Mary’s helped “alleviate a long-term difficult situation with the parish, which I have tried to do to the best of my ability.”

“During my years as a priest, I have worked with the youth both on a parish and deanery level,” he wrote. “It is the type of work I enjoy doing the most, find most rewarding and feel most qualified in doing.” The records indicate there were at least eight victims who accused Tourigney of sexually assaulting them. Still, McCormack and Law gave him new slots.

– One of the more sordid tales to emerge from the papers involves accused predatory priest Richard O. Matte. A man alleges he was abused by Matte after he went to the cleric about being sexually abused by another priest at various places, including drug dealers’ houses in the early-1980s.

According to a letter to church lawyers from Robert A. Sherman, the victim’s attorney and MacLeish’s partner, the then-14-year-old boy was the victim of “violent sexual abuse” by the Rev. Richard Buntel from 1979 to 1985. Both Buntel and Matte were assigned to St. Joseph’s Church in Malden.

The victim claimed Buntel befriended him and introduced him to alcohol and marijuana, later feeding him cocaine and exposing him to “violent         pornography.”

“On one occasion, two drug dealers associated with Fr. Buntel urged Fr. Buntel to make a pornographic film of him sexually assaulting (the         victim),” Sherman wrote. “(The victim) does not know if this film was ever made.”