References cont. (50) — Clergy and other Child Molesters
• [Heat on Catholic Archbishop, out of depth, contradicting himself, to step down; Church fails to reply on request to bring Mons. Philip Green back.] - Roman Catholic Church (RCC)
The Mercury, Hobart, "Heat on Doyle to step down," http://www.themercury.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,7732378%255E3462,00.html ,
By Ellen Whinnett, Chief Reporter, November 1, 2003
HOBART (Tasmania) Australia:
Pressure continued to mount yesterday on Archbishop of Hobart Adrian Doyle to resign over his mishandling of complaints of sex abuse.
The crisis engulfing the Catholic Church intensified after it was revealed more complaints had been made against senior clergyman Monsignor Philip Green.
Archbishop Doyle, the first Tasmanian to be appointed an archbishop in the Catholic Church in Australia, was standing firm yesterday.
He again made public apologies for failing to stand down Monsignor Green from active ministry immediately, despite Monsignor Green abusing two boys.
He would not comment last night, but is expected to make a statement or hold a press conference today.
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Archbishop Doyle was shown on the national television show A Current Affair last night denying there were any other complaints against Monsignor Green -- although he already knew Monsignor Green had admitted assaulting another boy.
In other developments revealed yesterday:
• Two more people complained to the church about actions of Monsignor Green.
Senior Catholic layman and retired barrister Peter Roach, one of the senior advisers to the church, repeated his call last night for Archbishop Doyle to resign.
• The church has failed to respond to a request by Hobart CIB detectives for Monsignor Green to be returned to Tasmania from Sydney to be interviewed, despite police lodging the request two months ago.
Archbishop Doyle approached victim Drew Murray's father Patrick on August 22, checking to see if Monsignor Green's confession was still a secret.
• Mr Murray has sworn a statutory declaration that the Archbishop approached him three days after the interview was filmed by A Current Affair. asking if "Drew would keep to his undertaking of confidentiality".
The Archbishop wrote to senior executives at the Nine Network including Ray Martin, attempting to hose down A Current Affair's story before it first went to air in August.
He said Archbishop Doyle was a good man, who was completely out of his depth and suffering the consequences of being unable to recognise good advice.
"The greatest problem for the Catholic community and the community at large is the failure of some bishops to deal effectively with the problems caused by the offences of priests and religious which they attempt to cover up," Mr Roach said.
(By courtesy of Broken Rites, Australia)
[Nov 1 2003]
• [Polish mountain priest hugged, kissed girls.]
[1991-2001] - ? RCC.
WARSAW: A Polish village priest charged with sexually abusing young girls has acknowledged at his trial's opening that he hugged and kissed the children. But the Rev. Michal Moswa, 64, denied that he did so for sexual pleasure. The parish priest for about 400 people in the remote mountain village of Tylawa for 18 years is charged with six counts of sexual abuse of children between 1991 and 2001. He could face 10 years in prison.
-- The West Australian,
"Priest child sex counts," p 36, Sat Nov 1 03
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• Abuse Victim Meets With Archbishop. - RCC.
(LOUISVILLE (KY), October 31st, 2003, 5 p.m.) -- The Archbishop's door is now open to abuse victims from the $25.7 million settlement. Louisville's
Archdiocese made the offer months ago, but says legalities often got in
On Friday, the first victim to file was pleasantly surprised in
the first private meeting with Archbishop Thomas Kelly. WAVE 3's David
Two people once divided have now met face to face. And Mike Turner, the
first person to file a lawsuit against the Archdiocese, says "it was a
very good meeting."
Turner says "Archbishop Kelly couldn't be more receptive and a pleasure to
(Posted by Kathy Shaw, Poynteronline)
-- WAVE 3, "Abuse Victim Meets With Archbishop,"
By David McArthur, October 31, 2003
• St. Mary's starts fund to aid not-yet-born child .
LEE (MA): The Springfield Catholic Diocese announced yesterday that St. Mary's Church has created a special fund to provide financial assistance
for the expected child of former St. Mary's housekeeper Josephine
Dizoglio, who says St. Mary's vicar, the Rev. Paul LaFlamme, is the
LaFlamme was suspended from the ministry two weeks ago after admitting to
having sex with Dizoglio twice in April 2003. Dizoglio's child is due Jan.
17. The paternity of the child has not yet been determined.
According to a written statement from the diocese, the Rev. Gary Dailey
sent a letter to parishioners Oct. 30 that read, "I feel [the fund] will
begin the healing needed, and at the same time make a statement to
everyone that St. Mary's Parish is living the Gospel message of life and
"In the past couple of weeks, we have swirling all around us accusations,
untruths, angry words, media hype and so many other things, and we have
not heard much said, if anything, about the possible 'child' in this
story," continued the letter. "Regardless of our opinions and feelings,
there appears to be a baby that did not do anything wrong and needs our
prayer and attention. Jesus would certainly be concerned about the life of
-- Berkshire Eagle,
( http://www.berkshireeagle.com/Stories/0,1413,101~7514~1737649,00.html ),
By Stefanie Cohen, ~ November 1, 2003
• Parish fund to aid ex-worker's baby.
LEE (MA): Two weeks after the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield hedged over financial aid for a former rectory housekeeper who said her unborn child was fathered by a priest, the parish council at the church where she
worked has set up a trust fund for the baby.
Spokesman Malcolm J. Chisholm, a Lee lawyer and parish council member at
St. Mary Mother of God Church, said the council voted unanimously to set
up "St. Mary's Infant Fund." He said the council voted on a recommendation
by the pastor, the Rev. Gary M. Dailey.
"The fund is not intended for the mother, it's for a live baby," Chisholm
said, adding that if anything happened to the baby, the money would go to
a pro-life charity in Berkshire County.
Josephine DiZoglio disclosed to church officials months ago that she had
sexual relations with the Rev. Paul LaFlamme, a priest at the church who
was suspended after admitting the relationship. DiZoglio said LaFlamme is
the father, and accused Dailey of implying she should have an abortion, a
charge which Dailey has denied.
-- The Republican,
By Stephanie Barry, firstname.lastname@example.org , ~ November 1, 2003
• Croteau file ruling affirmed.
SPRINGFIELD (MA): Sealed documents from the investigation of the 1972 murder of Springfield altar boy Daniel Croteau, 13, may be made public next week.
Hampden Superior Court Judge Peter A. Velis yesterday refused to halt
release of the documents as the Hampden County district attorney's office
requested. The Rev. Richard R. Lavigne of Chicopee, named in the mid-1990s
as a key suspect, also tried to prevent the documents' release, stating it
would cause him irreparable injury.
In his ruling, Velis said Lavigne failed to prove he would suffer harm,
and that Lavigne and the district attorney failed to show good cause for
continuing the impoundment. Velis said the public and a man suing Lavigne
and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield under the name John Doe,
have "a right and a compelling interest" in the materials.
John J. Stobierski, a Greenfield lawyer representing John Doe and 20
others who are also suing the diocese, said he will call the Hampden
Superior Court clerk's office Monday to find out when he can see the
documents. The Republican joined Stobierski in asking for release of the
-- The Republican,
By Marla A. Goldberg, email@example.com , ~ November 1, 2003
• Priest refuses to testify in Cape killing.
BARNSTABLE (MA): The embattled priest pal of accused killer Paul Nolin stood
firm yesterday in his refusal to testify in the case, claiming their
dealings are protected as spiritual guidance, his lawyer said.
"I've advised him to assert whatever privileges and immunities are
available under the law," said Frank O'Boy, attorney for the Rev. Bernard
Kelly, who employed Nolin as a handyman at St. Joseph's Church, refused to
testify this week before a grand jury probing the Sept. 20 killing of
20-year-old Jonathan Wessner. Authorities say Nolin, a convicted child
rapist, met the aspiring golf pro at a late-night party, stabbed him in a
Woods Hole boathouse and dumped his body on a rocky shoreline.
Kelly, 70, claims his conversations with Nolin are protected under a state
law shielding statements made to priests by defendants "seeking religious
or spiritual advice or comfort."
-- Boston Herald,
by Dave Wedge,
Saturday, November 1, 2003
• Pastor of small sect tried to seduce foster-daughter.
DALTON, Ga. (AP) -- A 43-year-old pastor has been found guilty of sexually
abusing his foster daughter.
Robert Lewis Prather, the pastor of New Convenant Deliverance Tabernacle,
was convicted Monday of aggravated sexual battery and sexual battery. He
was acquitted on rape and aggravated assault charges.
"We're very pleased," said Bert Poston, chief assistant district attorney.
"(The jury) obviously believed the victim that she was touched against her
Prather was accused of raping his then-17-year-old foster daughter while
they were watching TV. Prosecutors claimed Prather tried to have sex with
her again after she ran to the bathroom and her bedroom.
-- First Coast News, "Pastor found guilty of sex abuse," (http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/georgia/news-article.aspx?storyid=9956)
• Keeping accountability in church.
FORT WAYNE (IN): The Fort Wayne-South Bend Roman Catholic diocese can take satisfaction
from an independent audit showing the diocese fulfilling promises to curb
sexual abuse of children by priests and others. But church leaders have
more work to do in ensuring the success of new rules created to protect
children from sexually deviant adults.
The audit's findings add to the record Bishop John D'Arcy has compiled as
one of the leading bishops in the church's campaign to prevent more child
abuse scandals like those that have jolted Boston, Los Angeles and other
highly visible American dioceses in recent years.
D'Arcy described the Boston-based Gavin Group's findings in its report on
his diocese as "excellent" and "fully in compliance" with new rules
adopted by American bishops in June. The audit is one of many conducted
nationwide to instill accountability among dioceses in following the
The efforts in the diocese include introducing background checks among
staff and volunteers and organizing meetings of priests, teachers,
pastoral ministers and others to discuss how to protect children from
-- Journal Gazette,
• Judge mulls clergy claim of privilege.
BARNSTABLE (MA): A Superior Court judge will decide by next week whether a
Roman Catholic priest can refuse to tell a grand jury what he knows about
the murder of a Falmouth man.
Judge Richard Connon spent about 90 minutes in a closed courtroom
yesterday listening to arguments from attorneys on both sides of the
Connon closed the hearing to the public because the material discussed was
part of an on-going grand jury proceeding investigating the murder of
Jonathan Wessner, 20.
Grand jury proceedings are secret.
Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe was expected to argue
yesterday that conversations between Wessner's accused killer, Paul R.
Nolin, 39 of Falmouth, and the Rev. Bernard Kelly do not fall under the
category of privileged speech between clergy and penitent.
He was expected to argue that Kelly and Nolin had a social relationship
that falls outside the purview of that protection and therefore Kelly must
tell investigators what he knows about Wessner's murder.
-- Cape Cod Times,
By Karen Jeffrey
• Brothers' move flies in face of public contrition.
IRELAND: The Christian Brothers' statement signals a new determination to engage in a public battle with those who allege they were abused, writes Mary
Raftery In their recent statement, the Christian Brothers ask us to
believe that child abuse was not widespread in their institutions. They
also seek to imply that many of the allegations of abuse have no basis in
fact, and are actually false.
These are serious charges, and are quite properly the territory of the
Laffoy (now Ryan) Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse.
However, the Christian Brothers have also sought to severely curtail the
ability of that commission to fully enquire into the extent of abuse, both
physical and sexual, in childcare institutions in this State. While
unsuccessful in their High Court challenge to limit the remit of the child
abuse commission, it is likely that the Brothers will continue to limit
its activities. Their recent statement signals a new determination to
engage in a public battle with those who allege they were abused as
children by members of the congregation.
-- One in Four,
Irish Times article by Mary Rafferty
• Abuse in institutions.
IRELAND: The sooner the Government reactivates investigations by the former Laffoy
Commission into childhood abuse in religious institutions, the better.
The victims of abuse must be provided with an independent forum in which
they can tell their stories and seek redress. Only about 40 cases, out of
an estimated 1,700, were dealt with by Ms Justice Laffoy before she
resigned in protest against obstruction by the Department of Education and
by some religious institutions.
A statement from the Christian Brothers at the weekend, in which the
organisation acknowledged that "some abuse had taken place", while
rejecting the "perception that there was widespread, systematic sexual
abuse in their residential institutions" has caused considerable
controversy. The organisation said the vast majority of brothers and
former brothers against whom allegations had been made, rejected them and
strongly protested their innocence. And it added that complaints had been
made against named people who did not correspond with any person who
worked with the residential institutions or who had been a member of the
- One in Four,
Irish Times Opinion
• Abuse Victim Counseling.
DUBUQUE (IA): The Archdiocese of Dubuque is reaching out to victims of sexual abuse who are no longer a part of the church. The program was started earlier this
year, now the church is advertising in newspapers. The program offers
pastoral services to those abused by clergy. Joan Hoffman with the Victim
Assistance Program says, "I assist them to make report to the civil
authorities and to the church authorities and then things like helping
them arrange counseling, reading materials, spiritual advisors et cetera."
Information on how sexual assault victims can get help can be found on the
hotlinks section of this website, www.kwwl.dot.com .
• Listen to them, Bishop.
FALL RIVER (MA): Bishop George Coleman, who leads the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fall River, would do well to meet with members of Voice of the Faithful [VOTF].
Although he promised "inclusion" as a hallmark of his episcopacy, Bishop
Coleman refuses to join in even a polite discussion with Voice of the
Faithful, a group of lay Catholics whose stated aim is to help the church
heal from the scandal of sexual abuse by priests.
The group recently paid to print an advertisement in The (New Bedford)
Standard-Times, asking for open dialogue with the bishop. No response.
Several letters to the bishop since June have also gone unanswered.
Voice of the Faithful's goals, as set down in the advertisement, are:
support of the abuse victims; more support for priests of integrity;
greater lay participation in shaping the church's culture; and improved
education of the laity. This platform seems sufficiently reasonable to
warrant dialogue. Perhaps the bishop believes his public posture is
proper; some, however, are left with the uncomfortable feeling that
arrogance may be involved.
In a May 22 letter to the diocese's priests, Bishop Coleman expressed
"strong reservations" about Voice of the Faithful as a new lay advisory
group. Parish councils of lay parishioners already played an advisory
role, he wrote. Yet a recent survey shows that 60 percent of Fall River
Diocese parishes do not even have parish councils (an indication of their
popularity with priests).
-- Providence Journal,
• Group to launch celibacy petition.
MILWAUKEE (WI): Call to Action, one of the country's largest and oldest Catholic reform organizations, will launch a nationwide petition and education campaign in support of optional celibacy for priests at its convention in Milwaukee next week.
Conducted jointly with the FutureChurch reform group, the 18-month campaign will build on the debate that was sparked this year when 169 priests in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee took the unusual step of sending
letters advocating optional celibacy as a solution to the priest shortage
to Bishop Wilton Gregory, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops president.
That's just one of the hot topics that will be up for discussion as nearly
3,000 members of the group gather at the Midwest Airlines Center from Nov.
7 to Nov. 9.
Illinois Appeals Court Justice Anne Burke, acting chairwoman of the
National Review Board that the U.S. bishops established to oversee the
cleanup of clergy sexual abuse, will speak on those efforts.
Kathy Kelly, co-founder of the Chicago-based Voices in the Wilderness,
will get Call to Action's 2003 Leadership Award for bringing the suffering
of the Iraqi people to world attention since 1991. She also will lead a
workshop, "Baghdad Under the Bombs: A View From the Iraq Peace Team."
Founded in the late 1970s, the predominantly lay group includes priests, nuns and religious brothers among its 25,000 members.
. . .
Some high-profile workshop presenters will include Donald Cozzens, author of "The Changing Face of the Priesthood: A Reflection on the Priest's Crisis of Soul," speaking on "Shaping a New Vision for the Church," and Sister Jeannine Gramick, whose long ministry to gays and lesbians was shut down by the Vatican, speaking on "Scapegoating Gay Priests."
Garry Wills, a Northwestern University history professor and author, will speak on why he is a Catholic. He won a Pulitzer Prize for "Lincoln at Gettysburg" and wrote "Papal Sin" and "Why I Am a Catholic."
James M. Lawson Jr., who demonstrated with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., will talk on "God's Gift of Infinite Potential: Tending the Seeds of Compassion, Justice and Non-violence in the Global Community."
For conference details, call (773) 404-0004, Ext. 221, or log on to www.cta-usa.org .
-- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,
By Tom Heinen,
Nov 1 03
[FOOTNOTES: 1. A Petition form for USA use (first collection deadline June 13, 2004), titled "Corpus Christi Campaign for Optional Celibacy," in PDF format, is at:
PDF requires Adobe® Acrobat®
Reader™, which is a free download.
2. FutureChurch's e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Call to Action's (CTA's) e-mail email@example.com
4. CTA is a different organisation, it seems, to The National Call to Action, an organisation to end child abuse and neglect in general, also based in the USA, at http://www.nationalcalltoaction.com/ , firstname.lastname@example.org .
5. Petition forms (3 kinds) suiting Australia, from Faith Purification Programme, in
computer-friendly RTF format, 22kb, obtainable by browsing from http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/ethics/make.htm
Nov 1 03
• New sex charges filed against former priest .
BELVIDERE (IL): A former Belvidere priest has been charged with sexually
assaulting a second girl while he served at a Catholic high school in
Mark A. Campobello was relieved of his duties at St. James Parish in Belvidere
after his arrest Dec. 3 on charges that he sexually abused a
then-14-year-old girl between January and May 1999. That case is still
wending its way through Kane County Court.
On Friday, an Oct. 14 indictment was unsealed in court, charging
Campobello with three additional counts of aggravated criminal sexual
assault. The acts were said to have occurred between November 1999 and
March 2000 involving a different female.
"The defendant was serving as a teacher and priest at Aurora Central
Catholic High School ... and held a position of trust, authority or
supervision in relation to the minor during the time of the allegations,"
according to a release from the Kane County state's attorney.
Campobello, 38, pleaded not guilty to the three new charges and posted a
bond of $5,000 cash. Bail had been set at $50,000.
-- Rockford Register Star,
By Geri Nikolai
• Priest faces more sex assault charges .
ILLINOIS: A former Geneva priest faces additional charges that he abused a girl
while he was a teacher and priest at an Aurora high school.
A grand jury earlier this month indicted Mark Campobello, 38, of Belvidere, on three counts of criminal sexual abuse after a second girl
came forward claiming Campobello improperly touched her. The girl, now 20,
contacted prosecutors following media reports of the initial charges
against Campobello last year, Assistant State's Attorney Jody Gleason
According to the indictment, which was unsealed Friday in court,
Campobello is accused of abusing the girl - who was 16 and 17 years of age
at the time - on three separate occasions between Nov. 1, 1999 and March
31, 2000. He faces three additional charges of criminal sexual abuse based
on the allegations.
Gleason declined to give details on where the abuse may have taken place
or if the girl was a student at Aurora Central Catholic High School when
the abuse occurred. However, the indictment, which was unsealed Friday,
charges that Campobello "held a position of trust, authority or
supervision" in relation to the girl.
-- Daily Herald,
By Alicia Fabbre,
Posted Saturday, November 01, 2003;
Friday, October 31, 2003
• Houma diocese call for cooperation with authorities.
HOUMA (LA) (AP) A new policy for dealing with sexual-abuse allegations
within the Catholic Church's Diocese of Houma Thibodaux calls for
unprecedented openness and cooperation with authorities, a spokesman says.
Bishop Sam G. Jacobs ordered a week ago that the new policy, modeled
closely on principles adopted by U.S. Roman Catholic bishops last year,
take immediate effect.
The policy eliminates the long-standing practice of confidentiality
agreements between the diocese and complainants, except in those cases
where victims or parents request them and even then only under
The policy also calls for the naming of a coordinator to help with
spirtual care of any victims, an independent review board to review
actions by the diocese and reporting allegations to police.
"The policy will be published in booklet form and given to all clergy,
seminarians, religious, lay employees and volunteer workers" diocese
spokesman Louis Aguirre said.
-- The Times-Picayune,
The Associated Press,
Oct 31 2003
• Another Lawsuit Filed Against Local Priest.
OHIO: Yet another lawsuit has been filed against a Tri-state priest accused of
A Tri-state man alleges that Rev. Lawrence Strittmatter sexually abused
him when he was a server at Our Lady of Victory Church in Delhi in the
Twenty-five men have filed suits against Strittmatter and the Archdiocese
Some of the alleged victims said Strittmatter abused them while he was
principal at Elder High School.
The latest lawsuit says church officials should have known he was a threat
to children, and asks for at least $1 million.
Reported by: 9News, Web produced by: Liz Foreman, Photographed by: 9News
Oct 31 03, 11:38:49 AM
• Romley, 3 lawyers sued over priest sex abuse scandal.
PHOENIX (AZ): A lawyer for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix claims that Maricopa
County's top prosecutor and two prominent attorneys conspired with a local
weekly to destroy his reputation and sabotage the church amid a scandal
that involved sexual abuse by priests.
In a 63-page federal suit filed Thursday, diocesan attorney Gregory Leisse
names County Attorney Rick Romley, Phoenix New Times, former state Bar
President Ernesto Calderon and Phoenix lawyer Michael Manning among more
than a dozen defendants. Leisse claims they undertook a "campaign of
defamation, threats, intimidation, ridicule and disinformation" against
him and Bishop Thomas O'Brien.
Leisse said Thursday that the suit was not filed at the urging of, or with
permission from, the diocese.
"The suit is about me, and it was my decision to take this action," he
said. He remains in-house counsel but has been stripped of legal duties
involving sexual misconduct by diocese employees.
Last year, Manning represented the diocese against Romley's criminal
investigation of pedophile priests. Manning quit that job in December.
Shortly thereafter, he and Calderon approached Romley as "concerned
Catholics" in an attempt to resolve the case. Leisse accuses Manning of
violating attorney-client privilege and plotting to force the bishop out
The bishop ultimately admitted that sexually abusive priests were shunted
from parish to parish, and he agreed to reform the diocese's handling of
O'Brien's tenure ended due to an unrelated scandal: his arrest in a fatal
Leisse contends that Manning betrayed the bishop, that prosecutors acted
unlawfully, and that New Times published libelous news columns.
Manning offered a one-sentence response: "It would be charitable not to
-- Arizona Republic,
by Dennis Wagner, Oct. 31, 2003
• Moynihan apologizes for abusive priests.
SYRACUSE (NY): Syracuse's bishop got down on his knees at an Oswego church Thursday and apologized for the actions of at least six priests accused of sexually
"I felt I've been remiss up until now," Bishop James Moynihan told about
150 people at St. Mary Church. "I'm very conscious of the fact it's been
very difficult up here. If I didn't come sooner, it was my fault."
The bishop's apology came at a "A Time of Healing," a solemn prayer
service and informal reception at the church at 107 W. Seventh St.
Moynihan's comments were his most public and direct ones about local
priests accused of sexual abuse since the scandal began about two years
Since then, diocesan officials have confirmed that the Roman Catholic
Diocese of Syracuse permanently removed eight priests from ministry
because of credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors. The diocese is
investigating allegations against two other priests named in recent
lawsuits. Officials also confirmed that the diocese paid two Oswego
families a total of $475,000 to settle lawsuits that accused a 10th
priest, the former Rev. Daniel Casey, of molesting three boys in the
1980s. Casey died in 2000.
-- The Post-Standard,
By Renee K. Gadoua
• Probe urged of Orange diocese.
CALIFORNIA: Members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests asked the
Orange County grand jury Thursday to investigate the Roman Catholic
Diocese of Orange for "long-standing conspiracy to harbor, protect and
cover up child molesters within and outside the diocese." SNAP members
turned over to the grand jury a 6-inch stack of press clippings, a police
report, a priest's psychological examination and sworn depositions from
the civil trials of priests accused of molesting minors.
-- Orange County Register,
• Activist Group Calls On Church To Remove All Images Of Former Bishop.
KNOXVILLE (TN): Some Catholic activists in Knoxville are calling on the church to remove all images of a former Knoxville bishop who admitted to molesting boys.
Members of the "Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests" or SNAP,
say the picture of Bishop Anthony O'Connell on a wall at Knoxville
Catholic High School is offensive and should come down.
Susan Vance, a co-director of SNAP and parent of a child who attends
Knoxville Catholic says, "I'm sorry but when you rape boys, you leave
yourself open to be not honored in ways you probably should have been had
you been an upright person.
The school principal and other Catholic church leaders say that photo is
among a group of pictures of priests and bishops who've had a significant
impact on the school's growth.
Father Vann Johnston, the Chancellor of Knoxville Diocese
says the picture of Bishop O'Connell "is not a judgment of what type of
job he did or value judgment on him. It's simply a recognition that in a
certain period of our history, he was the bishop here."
The principal of Knoxville Catholic High says she's heard no complaints
except from the members of SNAP.
She says the school in no way glorifies Bishop O'Connell.
"I think we should do exactly what we are doing at Knoxville Catholic,"
says the principal, Dr. Aurelia Montgomery. "And that is having Bishop
O'Connell be a part of the history of our school."
"That's not what Knoxville Catholic is about," says SNAP co-director and
parent, Mary Monroe-Ellis. "We should have more respect for the victims
and children and the public than that.
SNAP would also like to see a bust of Bishop O'Connell in a hallway in the
Diocese removed, but as of now, there are no plans by the current bishop
remove either of the images.
-- WBIR TV,
Reporter: Mark Schnyder
Oct 30 2003 6:20:35 PM
(Posted by Ann Brentwood, Poynteronline)
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• Anger as child sex trial stopped [CURRENT, No religion mentioned]. ADELAIDE, S. Australia:
Parents of a two-and-a-half-year-old girl allegedly sexually assaulted in the Mid North are shattered the matter appears unlikely to proceed to a full trial.
District Court Judge Andrea Simpson, sitting in Port Augusta, ruled last week she could not accept the child's evidence, made to her grandmother and parents after the alleged incident, effectively ending any prosecution.
Judge Simpson said the girl's evidence could not be verified and she was too young to be a witness.
The Department of Public Prosecutions entered a nolle prosequi, which means they are unwilling to prosecute. But it also leaves the way for the accused to face trial at a later date.
A man, 39, was charged with a sexual offence against a minor in January and pleaded not guilty.
Court documents say he was a family friend.
Stuart MP Graham Gunn has asked Attorney-General Michael Atkinson to review the case and a country policeman involved in the investigation intends pushing for urgent changes to child evidence laws through SAPOL's legal branch.
The parents, who have since moved to Adelaide, say they will lobby MPs for changes to admissable evidence laws.
The family is angry the accused will not face a trial and says there was enough evidence to proceed.
"What a kid tells its parents should be able to be used as evidence in a court case, especially when it's got to do with a young child," the father said.
Attorney General Michael Atkinson said: "I think there is everything right about a law that says if a child does not understand the difference between truth and a lie, his or her evidence should not be accepted or relied upon by a court".
"In cases like this the family of the child is often upset and disappointed with this result."
The parents were devastated by Wednesday's court decision.
"It's not only affected (my daughter), it's affected the whole family," the mother said.
"How many other families have gone through this?"
Court documents show the alleged assault took place at a country oval after the former accused took the girl and her brother for a routine run and bike ride.
The children were being minded by their grandmother at the time.
When they returned the girl was in pain, according to the documents, and after the accused left told her grandmother about the alleged attack.
She suffered no other injury or bruising to her body and had to be sedated at hospital.
A doctor diagnosed internal trauma.
The girl allegedly repeated the assault allegation in more detail to her parents the next day.
Summing up, Judge Simpson said the child's age made "fabrication of a complaint of sexual interference less likely".
However "it would be difficult, if not impossible" to verify the child's exact complaint to family members, she said, ruling out her evidence.
Judge Simpson said it was sometimes hard for young children to separate truth from lies.
(By courtesy of MAKO Australia www.mako.org.au )
-- The Advertiser, www.theadvertiser.news.com.au , Adelaide, "Anger as child sex trial stopped."
Nov 2 03
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Sunday, November 2, 2003 edition follows:-
• Child sex industry thriving in Mexico.
MEXICO: The man in the Franciscan monk's robe strode across Acapulco's main square
one night last spring, wearing a footlong image of Christ around his neck
and carrying a black plastic bag.
There is the man who abused us, the young witnesses cried to police.
The man in the Franciscan monk's robe strode across Acapulco's main square
one night last spring, wearing a footlong image of Christ around his neck
and carrying a black plastic bag.
There is the man who abused us, the young witnesses cried to police.
Officers found photos of naked boys in Jose Borja's bag and arrested him,
capping a series of busts that started in the United States six years ago,
led to the unmasking of a Mexican inn for pedophiles and shut down a
children's home. These loosely linked cases spotlight Mexico's booming
child sex industry, which features everything from pornography and
prostitution to sex tourism and human trafficking.
In Mexico City, for example, as many as 7 percent of the street kids
served by one charity are estimated to be HIV positive; many have worked
in the sex trade. Down near the border with Guatemala, the city of
Tapachula has become notorious for brothels that offer girls brought in
from Central America. In far northern Mexico, procurers offer children as
young as 10 to men walking the streets of downtown Nogales.
-- The Dallas Morning News
By Brooks Egerton and Brendan M. Case
(Posted by Kathy Shaw, Poynteronline)
• Government criticised by Appogg CEO for ignoring children.
MALTA: "We've enacted laws protecting animals but we still don't have laws
protecting children's rights; it's a shame."
The Chief Executive of the government's social work agency Appogg, Joe
Gerada, hit out at politicians and the media in an interview with The
Malta Independent on Sunday, calling on whoever says children are a
priority to be held accountable.
"It's time to enact the Children's Act and put our money where our mouth
is," Mr Gerada said.
Speaking in the wake of the St Joseph's Institute paedophilia scandal that
surfaced a few weeks ago, Mr Gerada said all child care professionals had
been calling on the government to introduce much-needed protection
measures for children for years, in particular the Children's Act.
"I'm afraid this is not a priority for our politicians, and you
journalists are partly to blame," Mr Gerada said. "You should be
discussing these problems on your front pages. You haven't yet created the
awareness on the huge problems we're facing regarding children's rights. I
'm fed up of reading about Malta Drydocks, the Maghtab rubbish dump and so
on. Are our children less important than the Maghtab dump and the
-- The Malta Independent,
by Karl Schembri
• Doyle says he won't quit.
AUSTRALIA: The Catholic Archbishop of Hobart Adrian Doyle says he will not resign
over his mishandling of sexual-abuse complaints against a senior cleric.
He again acknowledged he should have stood Monsignor Philip Green down
immediately after his admission in August last year that he had abused two
"I will not resign over this matter, because to do so would almost be
taking the easy way out," Archbishop Doyle said yesterday.
"I am determined to learn from the mistakes that have been made and to
ensure that any future complaints are dealt with immediately and
His comments were sparked by the Nine Network's A Current Affair on Friday
night, when he was shown denying there were any other complaints against
Monsignor Green -- although he knew Monsignor Green had admitted
assaulting another boy.
-- The Mercury,
By Margaretta Pos,
Nov 2 03
• Local priest admits he has a child.
TUCSON (AZ): A priest who ministers at St. Augustine Cathedral recently fathered a
child and continued to work as a cleric.
An independent review board of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson has
opted not to remove the Rev. Salvador Cázares-Haro from ministry, even
though he has clearly violated his vow of celibacy.
Since his baby was born several months ago, Cázares-Haro has continued to
work as a priest, a position he has held for three years, though he told
parishioners Saturday that he is about to take a leave of absence to
contemplate his future. Supporting the baby will be up to Cázares-Haro,
not the diocese, said diocese spokesman Fred Allison. Cázares-Haro, 32,
will review his commitment to the priesthood, including the implications
of a charge of driving under the influence he faced in Tucson last year.
Allison said the diocese has known about Cázares-Haro's situation for
several months now, but the priest decided it was time to speak to
parishioners because he wanted to clear up rumors.
-- Arizona Daily Star,
By Stephanie Innes
• Silenced voices.
FALL RIVER (MA): Members of Voice of the Faithful [VOTF] in the Fall River Diocese said they are still hoping Bishop George W. Coleman will agree to meet with them for an open dialogue.
On May 22, when he was still bishop-elect, Coleman sent a letter to
diocesan priests asking them not to advertise Voice of the Faithful
programs, not to appoint contact people to communicate with the group and
not to provide the group with meeting space.
Coleman, who became bishop in July, said in the letter that he would take
time to study the implications of Voice of the Faithful and its
affiliates, given that there are a number of consultative bodies already
in the diocese.
"It's still his position," said diocesan spokesman John Kearns. "He's
still thinking about it. He said he needed time and he's taking time."
Voice of the Faithful is an international organization founded in Boston
in 2002 as a response to the widespread scandal of sexual abuse by priests
in the archdiocese and the way the archdiocese covered it up.
-- Herald News,
by Kathleen Durand
• Church failed to monitor Turlick [CURRENT].
MASSACHUSETTS: In the 25 years since the Rev. Donald Turlick traded his priestly duties for those of a psychology professor and therapist to pedophiles and
rapists, he received little, if any, supervision from Roman Catholic
In fact, Connecticut church officials could not explain why Turlick, on
leave since 1978, remains a priest "in good standing" even though he
hasn't functioned as a priest since then and hasn't been listed in the
Official Catholic Directory since 1988. The directory contains the names
and assignments of every priest in the United States, including those on
Turlick, 68, of Mashpee is the man who brought convicted child rapist Paul
Nolin to live on the Cape after his release from prison in June 2000.
Nolin, 39, is accused of the Sept. 20 kidnapping and murder of Jonathan
Wessner, a 20-year-old aspiring golf pro. Turlick, one of Nolin's
therapists a dozen years ago at the Massachusetts Treatment Center for the
Sexually Dangerous in Bridgewater, helped Nolin get out of the center so
he would be eligible for release when his prison sentence was served.
Law enforcement sources allege that Turlick had a sexual relationship with
Nolin and introduced Nolin and other young men to the Rev. Bernard Kelly,
pastor of St. Joseph's Church in Woods Hole. Fall River Bishop George
Coleman has placed Kelly on leave pending completion of the investigation.
Nolin's attorney denies his client was having sex with Kelly, and
Turlick's attorney said the three were just friends who often socialized.
-- Cape Cod Times,
By Sean Gonsalves,
Saturday, November 1, 2003
• Voice of the Faithful starts here.
HOUSTON (TX): It was not that Sheila McNulty had extra time on her hands to organize
But the clergy sex-abuse crisis in the U.S. Catholic Church fueled a
desire to make time.
"I don't feel good when I go to church now," said McNulty, 36, a
Houston-based reporter for the Financial Times. "I feel angry. That is not
the way it should be. There are a group of us who feel that way. Until we
feel the church has accepted responsibility, I think all of us are going
to feel that way."
Despite a time crunch, McNulty decided to bring together a group of
like-minded Houstonians and start a local chapter of Voice of the
Faithful, the national organization of lay Catholics dedicated to change
in the church.
"I had watched this controversy for the past year and thought: Why didn't
Houston have these meetings?" she asked.
-- Houston Chronicle,
By Tara Dooley,
Houston Chronicle Religion Writer
(Posted by Kathy Shaw, Poynteronline)
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• Fury as Doyle digs in.
The Mercury, Hobart,
By Danny Rose, Nov 3 2003
HOBART (Tas) Australia: The victim at the centre of the sex abuse case that has rocked Tasmania's Catholic Church reacted angrily yesterday to news that Archbishop Adrian Doyle would not stand down.
Drew Murray, who was abused by high-ranking Tasmanian priest Monsignor Phillip Green, spoke from the United States where he is posted as a ship's captain.
Captain Murray said the Archbishop had acknowledged he bungled the case in a two-page statement released on Saturday.
Captain Murray also rejected the Archbishop's claim that confidentiality concerns prevented him acknowledging the case.[...]
Meanwhile, senior Catholic layman and retired barrister Peter Roach yesterday said Tasmania's Catholic community was enduring a time of "great disquiet".
Mr Roach has made repeated calls for Archbishop Doyle to resign and yesterday said parisioners statewide had contacted him to offer their support.
"There is great disquiet in the church and particular concern for the faithful priests of the church," Mr Roach said.
. . .
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Monday, November 3, 2003 edition follows:-
• B'klyn Rev. Hit With $5m Teen-sex Suit. 
BROOKLYN (NY): A 21-year-old born-again Christian from Brooklyn has
sued her pastor and church for $5 million, saying he sexually abused her
when she was 17.
The woman charges in a six-page complaint filed in Brooklyn Supreme Court
that the Rev. Luis Paniagua "molested, fondled [and] touched" her in an
"unconsented, inappropriate, criminal" way while he was in a position of
"He grabbed everything he could," she told The Post.
The woman - whose name is being withheld by The Post - said that Paniagua,
a 44-year-old married father of three who serves as pastor of the
Pentecostal Iglesia Cristiana Jesucristo El Libertador in Bushwick,
befriended her in his role as youth counselor.
She said that she confided in him her typical teenage problems and that
from June to November 2000, he took her to his office in the Locust Street
Paniagua declined to comment on the suit.
Paniagua has been accused of similar behavior by two other teenage girls
for incidents dating back to 1999, Criminal Court records show. Those
accusers brought charges against him in November 2000, according to the
Brooklyn District Attorney's Office.
-- New York Post,
By Denise Buffa, November 3, 2003
(Posted by Kathy Shaw, Poynter Abuse Tracker)
• Dillon Blasts Spota.
LONG ISLAND (NY): In an unusual public rebuke, Nassau County District Attorney Denis Dillon yesterday accused his Suffolk counterpart of illegally releasing a
scathing grand jury report on the Catholic Church sex scandal.
Speaking to a crowd at St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church in Oceanside,
Dillon said Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota violated laws
that govern the release of such reports when no indictments are handed up.
"There was no real practical reason for the district attorney to issue
that salacious report," Dillon, a devout Catholic known for supporting
traditional church doctrine, told about 150 people. The release "was not
in accordance with the law."
Dillon was invited by the men's spirituality group to discuss "the crisis
in the Catholic Church and the call of the laity."
The 182-page grand jury report, released by Spota in February, depicted in
lurid detail how the hierarchy of the Diocese of Rockville Centre
concealed alleged sexual abuse of children by some of its priests.
By Bart Jones and Andrew Smith,
Staff Writers; Staff writer Dionne Searcey contributed to this story;
November 3, 2003
• 2nd grand jury impaneled to investigate alleged sex-abuse by priests.
A second city grand jury has been impaneled to continue the investigation
into alleged sexual abuse by priests in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
The grand jury that was convened 18 months ago at the request of District
Attorney Lynne Abraham ended its term on Sept. 29 and turned the results
of its secret probe over to the new panel.
Common Pleas Judge C. Darnell Jones supervised the first grand jury. The
Daily News was unable to determine if he is supervising the second.
It was not known how long the probe would continue.
The life of a grand jury generally is one year, but the panel's service
can be extended for six months, as happened with the just-dismissed panel.
(Posted by Kathy Shaw 9:10:43 AM)
-- Philadelphia Daily News,
By Joseph R. Daughen,
Sunday, November 2, 2003
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Tuesday, November 4, 2003 edition follows:-
• Answering The Boston Globe Magazine.
UNITED STATES: Some of the Catholic blog sites are commenting on the recent Boston Globe Magazine's article called "The Crusaders." Today's CRISIS e-letter (see
below) is Deal Hudson's response to this attack on faithful Catholics. He
also addresses the charge that he doesn't like Fr. C. John McCloskey.
-- Heart, Mind and Strength,
by Zoe Romanowsky,
Nov 3 2003
• Priest resigns, puts blame on McCormack.
NASHUA (NH): A priest who abruptly resigned Sunday said yesterday that he is
leaving after 31 years because Catholic Bishop John McCormack has silenced
and isolated priests who question his leadership.
"He will meet with priests one on one, but he refuses to meet with groups
of us because he is threatened," said the Rev. Gerard Desmarais of St.
Joseph Church in Nashua. "Priests are terrified to speak out. I want to do
the work of Jesus Christ, but I'll have to do it somewhere else." ...
Several priests interviewed yesterday echoed Desmarais's frustrations with
McCormack's leadership. They said McCormack has been so focused on
defending his handling of clergy sexual abuse in Boston that he has lost
sight of the church's future here. He rarely circulates among parishes and
discourages questions or challenges when clergy meet for diocesan
gatherings, they said.
"I think we have stopped dead in our tracks," the Rev. Norman Simoneau, a
retired priest from Hudson, said in a recent interview. "I think for the
past two years we have been going about saving the bishop's face rather
than moving forward. He's trying to get people to recognize him as a
leader, but my sense is there are an awful lot of people who don't trust
He said McCormack has not lived up to promises made in February to be more
open with the state's Catholics. The diocese has delayed twice a financial
report McCormack promised, and he has not assigned lay members to diocesan
boards, Simoneau said.
-- Concord Monitor,
By Annmarie Timmins
• Survey of priests finds some want celibacy talks.
NEW YORK: A reform-minded organization says that more than two-thirds of Western New
York priests responding to a recent survey support "open discussion" about
whether the priesthood should be open to married men.
The anonymous poll by Western New York Call to Action is the latest in a
stream of recent efforts across the country questioning mandatory celibacy
for priests - a practice that dates back to the sixth century.
The group sent the questionnaire to 585 active and retired priests in the
Diocese of Buffalo and received 160 responses. Sixty-six percent, or 106
respondents, said they want to see the celibacy requirement re-examined;
37 priests responded "no."
Western New York Call to Action asked a single question: "Do you believe
that an open discussion of the mandatory celibacy rule for diocesan
priests would ultimately lead to a healthier Catholic Church?"
The results were forwarded to Bishop Henry J. Mansell. In a brief
statement, Mansell discounted the impact of the survey, saying it "did not
receive a strong response from the priests."
-- Buffalo News,
• Marist abuse allegations.
By Helen Kempton , Wednesday, 5 November 2003.
AUSTRALIA: Former student claiming sexual assault by priest in 1970s
Burnie's Marist Regional College is at the centre of more allegations of
sexual abuse in the Tasmanian Catholic school system.
Police are investigating allegations raised by a former student that he
was sexually assaulted by a priest at the college in the 1970s.
Yesterday Father Bill Ryder - who is also a former principal of Marist
Regional College - said the Marist Fathers would cooperate with police
"I don't know the details at this stage but if it is a police matter then
I cannot say anything," Fr Ryder said from Sydney yesterday.
Det-Sgt Kim Steven, of Burnie CIB, said a former student, now in his 40s,
had made the allegation several months ago.
"The allegations concern one particular priest and the incidents are
alleged to have occurred in the early 1970s, but no one has been
interviewed at this stage," Det-Sgt Steven said.
• Diocese committed to healing wounds caused by abuse.
FLORIDA: The article "Sex abuse program expanded," Oct. 26, omitted some facts
regarding the Diocese of Venice’s care and concern for those it serves,
The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, promulgated
by the U.S. bishops and approved by the Vatican in 2002 requires that each
diocese have an independent review board to investigate allegations
against clergy; a victim outreach coordinator; background investigations
of all church employees or volunteers working with children; published
sexual abuse policies; training sessions on the policies and on sexual
abuse prevention for employees, volunteers and parents; and
age-appropriate training of children to recognize and say no to
inappropriate behavior. Through the proactive leadership of Bishop John J.
Nevins, the Venice Diocese has been addressing the problem of sexual
misconduct by personnel since its founding in 1984.
Beginning in 1984, the Venice Diocese has provided age-appropriate abuse
awareness education to children in our elementary and high schools as well
as in our parish-based religious education programs. Based on the number
of children enrolled in these entities in 1984 and 2003, and the fact that
the youth receive training as they advanced grade by grade, the Venice
Diocese has provided safe environment programs, in one form or another, to
256,500 children over the past 19 years.
In 1986 the Venice Diocese issued its first policy dealing with sexual
abuse of minors by employees including clergy. The diocese hosted a
conference on child sexual abuse and pedophilia that was attended by all
priests of the diocese. Even at this early stage, the diocese identified
the growing problem of child abuse and sexual molestation.
by Gail M. McGrath, Guest opinion
Published by news-press.com (http://www.news-press.com) on November 4,
• Archdiocese Investigation.
CLEVELAND (OH): Laure Quinlivan brings you a three-part series on how the Cincinnati
Archdiocese handled recent allegations of past abuse. Part I
Posted by Kathy Shaw 9:05:31 AM
Pastor on West Side accused of sex abuse[1970s].
CLEVELAND (OH): The pastor of SS. Philip and James Parish on Cleveland's West Side has been suspended amid allegations that he sexually abused several brothers
in a family he befriended in the 1970s.
The Rev. J. Brendan McNulty had taken voluntary leave two weeks ago while
investigators for the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland's lay review board
interviewed the priest and members of the large West Park family, now in
their 30s and 40s.
The review board found the evidence to be credible and on Friday
recommended to Bishop Anthony Pilla that McNulty be placed on
administrative leave, said William Crosby, a lawyer for the family.
Pilla's decision to suspend the pastor was announced to parishioners at
Masses over the weekend.
McNulty cooperated fully in the investigation, diocesan spokesman Bob
Tayek said yesterday.
The priest has moved out of the church's rectory and could not be reached
-- Plain Dealer,
by James F. McCarty
• Priest Suspended After Sex Abuse Allegations.
CLEVELAND (OH): A Roman Catholic priest has been suspended over allegations
that he sexually abused boys from a large churchgoing family in the 1970s.
Rev. J. Brendan McNulty, pastor of SS. Philip and James Church in
Cleveland, was the 17th priest of the Cleveland Catholic Diocese to be
suspended under such circumstances and the second in as many months.
A review board found the allegations to be credible and recommended to
Bishop Anthony M. Pilla that McNulty be placed on administrative leave,
said William Crosby, a lawyer for the family of the alleged victims.
McNulty cooperated in the investigation, diocesan spokesman Bob Tayek said
The priest, who has moved out of the church's rectory, could not be
reached for comment. There is no phone listing for him at the church
None of the cases involving suspended priests from the diocese has been
resolved and none of the priests has returned to ministry.
Pilla has said any priest who has committed even a single act of sexual
abuse of a minor would be permanently removed from the ministry.
• Nolin's bail denial opposed.
FALMOUTH (MA): The attorney for accused murderer Paul Nolin wants to see all
the evidence the district attorney has against his client.
Yesterday, during a brief hearing in Falmouth District Court, Robert Nolan
questioned whether the state had enough evidence to continue holding his
client, Nolin, without bail.
Nolan told Falmouth Judge Michael Creedon his client has been held without
bail at the Barnstable County House of Correction for a month despite the
fact that District Attorney Michael O'Keefe has provided Nolan little
information about the charges. ...
The Rev. Donald Turlick, 68, a priest and therapist to Nolin, will testify
before the grand jury when he returns from an out-of-state conference
later this month, according to his spokeswoman, Kathleen English.
But it remains uncertain whether the Rev. Bernard Kelly, 70, will testify.
Kelly was pastor of St. Joseph's Church in Woods Hole until he was placed
on leave pending completion of the Wessner murder investigation.
Nolin worked as a handyman around the church and socialized with Kelly and
-- Cape Cod Times,
By Amanda Lehmert,
Monday, November 3, 2003
• Time on side of abuse victims.
ILLINOIS: By dramatically changing the way Illinois law looks at child sexual abuse
and the nature of the harm it causes, a new statute has opened the door
for many more civil suits against alleged abusers.
The new law puts Illinois among the most lenient in how much time can pass
before such a suit is filed, by essentially suspending the age limit for
some accusers. The law now acknowledges the difference between unlocking a
repressed memory of abuse and actually recognizing that it was harmful,
giving accusers time for both realizations to happen before shutting the
door to litigation.
It may seem a subtle nuance, but the new law's language radically shifts
the landscape for abuse victims, who experts say may take decades to
realize the consequences of what happened to them.
The change means everything for adults who were sexually abused as
children, say victims and their advocates. Whereas before the new law
almost no one older than 28 had any legal recourse, now anyone of any age
could conceivably bring a lawsuit.
"It became crystal clear to me only last year that I was harmed by this,"
said Ken Kaczmarz, 34, who is suing the priest who he says abused him when
he was 11 and 12 as well as other boys at a Southwest Side church. "It
took me that long to realize that my absolute distrust for authority, the
anger that I have--these things are without a doubt related to the abuse I
suffered at his hands. I'm only ready now to confront it."
-- Chicago Tribune,
By Christi Parsons,
Published November 2, 2003
• The Crusaders.
UNITED STATES: There is a glow to the priest when he talks. Something lights him up
inside, and its intensity is increased by the mild way he says what he's
saying. The words, harsh and unyielding, seem not so much a departure from
the mainstream as they do a living refutation that there is any mainstream
at all, not one to which the priest has to pay any mind, anyway.
He is talking about a futuristic essay he wrote that rosily describes the
aftermath of a "relatively bloodless" civil war that resulted in a
Catholic Church purified of all dissent and the religious dismemberment of
the United States of America. ...
In his unobtrusive little bookstore in the nation's capital, John
McCloskey is the hot, unyielding eye of a gathering storm. He is not the
mainstream, not even among the conservative Catholics who are waging their
secular influence in a way they never have before, but he's the logical
end to what they all believe. During the almost two years since the clergy
sexual abuse scandal broke in Boston, most of the attention has been drawn
to groups like Boston-based Voice of the Faithful that sprang up in
response to the grim stories that seemed to be breaking almost daily.
Outraged laity took to the streets and rose up in the pews, withholding
contributions, demanding meetings with bishops whose authority seemed to
be evaporating by the hour.
Obscured by all of this was the presence of an influential, deeply
connected, and well-financed faction -- a counterreformation, to borrow a
useful term from Roman Catholic history -- that was determined not only to
prevent the scandal from being used as a Trojan horse for all manner of
church reform but also to use its efforts within the church to affect the
politics and culture outside of it.
The conservative opposition is tied in to the elites of Washington,
D.C. -- McCloskey's high-profile catechumens are hardly the only
example -- and its magazines and think tanks are funded by the same
foundations that have been the fountainhead of movement conservatism over
the past three decades. And just as the clergy sexual abuse scandal
energized the reformers, it energized the traditionalists.
"That's where the leadership and the power of the church are right now, no
question," says the Rev. Richard McBrien, a theologian at the University
of Notre Dame. "These people have direct access to the papacy."
-- Boston Globe,
www.boston. com/news/globe/magazine/ articles/2003/11/ 02/the_crusaders ,
By Charles P. Pierce, Nov 2 2003
(Posted by Kathy Shaw, Poynter)
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