Bill Donohue and the Catholic League: DATA PROVE NO SEX ABUSE CRISIS
Bill Donohue comments on the 2012 Annual Report by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on the subject of sexual abuse:
The survey, done by an institute at Georgetown University, shows how utterly absurd it is to maintain that the Catholic Church continues to have a problem with priestly sexual abuse. Of the nearly 40,000 priests in the U.S., there were 34 allegations made by minors last year (32 priests, two deacons): six were deemed credible by law enforcement; 12 were either unfounded or unable to be proven; one was a “boundary violation”; and 15 are still being probed. Moreover, in every case brought to the attention of the bishops or heads of religious orders, the civil authorities were notified.
Not counting those of unknown status, in 88 percent of the total number of cases (independent of when they allegedly occurred), the accused priest is either deceased, has been dismissed from ministry, or has been laicized.
Most of the allegations reported to church officials today have nothing to do with current cases: two-thirds date back to the 1960s, 1970s and the first half of the 1980s. As usual, the problem is not pedophilia: 19 percent of the allegations involving those who work in dioceses or eparchies, and 7 percent of religious order priests and deacons, involve pedophilia. In other words, the problem remains what it has always been—an issue involving homosexual priests (85 percent of the victims were male).
Anyone who knows of any religious, or secular, organization that has less of a problem with the sexual abuse of minors these days should contact the Catholic League. We’d love to match numbers.
One more thing: since nearly 100 percent of our priests did not have a credible allegation made against him last year, this should be picked up by the media. But it won’t be. Look for the story to get buried.
Above is the verbatim commentary Mr Bill Donohue of the Catholic League made on the recent data released by the 2012 Annual Report by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on the subject of sexual abuse.
Mr Donohue goes on to say: The survey, done by an institute at Georgetown University, shows how utterly absurd it is to maintain that the Catholic Church continues to have a problem with priestly sexual abuse.
Apparently Mr Donohue does NOT seem to get the message. He does seem to evade and avoid the real problem here in association with the rapes of children, the torture of children, the abuse of children by those of the Roman Catholic Church and the Leaders who covered it up.
While it is admirable that the church is now cleaning up it’s act, I have some reservations using a report brought to us by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops when the leaders of the RCC, especially Bishops and Cardinals had a massive hand in moving child rapists and abusers around from parish to parish without warning or telling anyone about these child rapists and abusers. Then these same abusers went on to abuse even more children.
Sure there may be less children being harmed by sexual degenerates who prey on young children in the RCC and sure there are now eyes everywhere, there is still a massive problem with the leaders who covered it up getting away with their crimes.
There is ample and irrefutible evidence against many Cardinals: Timothy Dolan, Donald Wuerl, Roger Mahony, Justin Rigali, Bernard Law, Sean Brady, Keith O’Brien, George Pell, Franc Rodé, Humberto Medeiros, Dominik Duka, John Krol, Leonardo Sandri, William Leveda, Richard Cushing, and too many Archbishops and Bishops to name, who participated in a massive cover up of child rapists and abusers and put the church before the safety and welfare of children. Mr Donohue has to get this through his thick skull. There is still ample evidence of stonewalling in the Diocese and of course the now infamous strategy to fight and call any victim now who comes forward liars and gold diggers and fight them, delay them and subtrefuge them every step of the way.
No Mr Donohue, the Roman Catholic Church has gotten off too damn easy. Your Popes, John Paul II, Benedict XVI, your Cardinals, Archbishops, Bishops and others who turned a blind eye to the destruction of the soul, heart and mind of a child to satisfy some sexual perverted feelings among your clergy must be rectified before anyone can honestly believe the RCC is actually cleaning up their act. This means the immediate resignation, or forced resignation, of all credibly accused Cardinals et al who participated in these cover ups and submission for prosecution. Sure plea bargin if you will, but you all must face a court of mans law for justice to be truly gotten for the victims of your sick and twisted child rapists and abusers.
Mr Donohue, I recall when you compared what rape victims of these pedophiles go through is what you went through when you got smacked on the wrist by a nun. Well Mr Donohue, I have been smacked on the wrist by a nun for being left handed. I was raped and tortured by one of the Roman Catholic Priests. He was supposed to protect me for one damn night. Instead he consigned me to a life of living hell, where I actually believed I was pure evil, that I deserved what happened to me, that I was condemned by God and Jesus Christ himself to eternal damnation. I even took the name Damien, the name of the antichrist child in the Omen movies because I believed the horror this sick and twisted scumbag drilled into my terrified mind. He told me I was evil, doomed to hell because I broke one of the Ten Commandments. He ripped from me everything that night.
Mr Donohue, I would rather two thousand nuns smacked me on the wrist than go through what that twisted sub human put me through, dressed and disguised as a man of God that night.
Letter to the Editor, Manchester Union Leader, April 18 2013 How can Catholics cheer those who hid abuse?
My letter to the editor, which appeared in the Manchester Union Leader, April 18, 2013: How can Catholics cheer those who hid abuse?
How can Catholics cheer those who hid abuse?
To the Editor: As a survivor of priest rape, I and many other survivors wonder if the parishioners of the Roman Catholic Church can understand how it feels to us victims to hear them cheering the Pope or cardinals like Timothy Dolan. Benedict and Dolan are just two who participated in the coverups of child rape by their priests. Yet we victims have to hear you cheer them on. Put yourself in a rape victim’s shoes and imagine what that is like for us.
On Bishops Accountability, there is a database. On this list, there are 3,763 priests and nuns, just in the United States, who were credibly accused. You look at this list, then come back and tell us it was just a few priests who did this, and remember, this is just for those in the U.S.
To put it bluntly, we victims feel that is the parishioners and the good bishops, cardinals , priests and nuns do not demand the immediate resignation of all of these leaders of your church credibly accused in the coverups, and the prosecution of these people for their crimes against children, then in our eyes you are just as guilty of these crimes as the perpetrators.
Talk to the victims and see if the church is in fact doing all it can to help us.
Papers show Egan hid abuse charges
As Conn. bishop, he shielded priests
HARTFORD, Conn. — Secret court documents reveal that Cardinal Edward Egan of New York, while serving as bishop of a Roman Catholic diocese in Connecticut, allowed several priests facing multiple accusations of sexual abuse to continue working for years–including one who admitted biting a teenager during oral sex.
Egan did not aggressively investigate some abuse allegations in the Bridgeport diocese, did not refer complaints to criminal authorities and, during closed testimony in 1999, suggested that all 12 people who made complaints of rape, molestation and beatings against the same priest may have lied, the documents show.
He said he was not interested in allegations, only “realities,” the documents reveal, adding that “very few have even come close to having anyone prove anything” against a priest.
Egan, 69, a native of Oak Park, Ill., became archbishop of New York in June 2000, succeeding the late Cardinal John O’Connor. Egan had served the Bridgeport diocese since 1988, and during his time there had to defend the diocese against lawsuits filed by 21 people alleging molestation by priests.
In addition to Egan, former Bridgeport Bishop Walter Curtis, Egan’s predecessor, testified in 1995 that the diocese shuffled pedophile priests among parishes to give them a “fresh start,” and he admitted destroying records of complaints against some priests, the documents show. Curtis is deceased.
Documents kept sealed
Information about Egan’s role in Connecticut’s largest clergy sex-abuse scandal comes from thousands of lawsuit documents that Egan and the Bridgeport diocese fought, successfully, to keep sealed. While the files remain sealed, The Hartford Courant recently obtained copies of many of them, including transcripts of pretrial testimony by Egan and Curtis, and internal diocesan documents.
Egan did not respond to requests for comment about his actions in the Bridgeport cases.
The documents reveal that, in addition to the eight priests who originally were sued, at least nine others faced molestation accusations but never were publicly identified. The documents name seven of the priests, one of whom continues to serve.
The Bridgeport diocese settled complaints against six priests for $12 million to $15 million last March. Egan was a defendant in some of the lawsuits and fought them aggressively from 1993 until the settlement.
By the time Egan took over from Curtis in December 1988, complaints were trickling in against several priests, made by adults who said they had been victimized in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. The documents show that Egan defrocked at least one priest for sexual offenses, and put in place the first written policy on sexual abuse complaints.
But he was slow to suspend or remove others. Despite a May 1990 memo by a diocese official worrying about “a developing pattern of accusations” that a Norwalk priest had fondled boys, Egan kept the man working as a priest until 1995, when he suspended him only after a lawsuit was filed.
No sympathy for accusers
The documents show that Egan displayed no sympathy for the priests’ accusers. For instance, regarding a dozen people who complained of sexual abuse and violence by a Greenwich priest, Egan said, “The 12 have never been proved to be telling the truth.” Nowhere in the documents is there evidence that he made serious attempts to investigate the allegations.
And he disagreed that a 1964 memo, which instructed church officials that “hepatitis was to be feigned” as a cover for the sudden absence of a priest, was an attempt to hide the fact that the priest had left because he admitted biting a teenager’s penis during oral sex.
“I wouldn’t read it that way,” Egan said of the memo, written long before he got there. “I would read it that this man is going away, and if anyone asks, say he’s not well, he has hepatitis. That’s quite a bit different than saying you are going to hide it.”
Egan allowed the man with “hepatitis” to continue working as a priest outside the diocese until February 1993, three months after receiving additional allegations of sexual misconduct against him from the 1960s. When the allegations came in, Egan’s aide, Vicar Laurence Bronkiewicz, wrote a letter alerting the archdiocese in Baltimore, where the priest had been assigned.
“At the present time, we have no reason to believe the accuser . . . intends to take legal action of any kind, and there has been no publicity concerning the accusation,” Bronkiewicz wrote.
The documents contain no evidence that the diocese under Egan and Curtis alerted the police or state child-protection authorities when parents or victims came forward with accusations of abuse. In all of the cases during Egan’s tenure, the statute of limitations to bring criminal charges had expired.