Posted by Barbara Dorris · March 03, 2014 1:04 PM
Bishops consistently claim they aren't responsible for child sex crimes and cover ups committed by religious order clerics. "They're totally separate from us," bishops repeatedly say about the Jesuits, Salesians, Benedictines and the like. Read more
New pope, same secrecy pledge
Posted by Barbara Dorris · February 24, 2014 10:37 AM
Many assume or believe that Pope Francis is making significant changes in the church. We're pretty skeptical of this claim.
Victims Want Real Change from Pope
Posted by David Clohessy · January 16, 2014 9:47 AM ·
In less than a year Pope Francis has changed the image of the Church by preaching tolerance and wading into crowds to embrace the sick. Few doubt his sincerity. But there’s one area in which the Church hasn’t changed in image or substance: Its stance on child sex abuse by the clergy. The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child meets this week in Geneva to, among other things, investigate child sex abuse by Catholic clergy. The Vatican is sending representatives and announced it will put together another panel to look into the issue. Read more
Pope puts out welcome mat for child molesters
Posted by David Clohessy · January 15, 2014 11:04 AM
Today’s news out of Rome should dispel any notions that this pope is “better” on abuse than his predecessors. Today, Pope Francis officially put out the welcome mat for child molesting clerics across the globe. Today, the Vatican has told Polish prosecutors that it will NOT extradite Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski who stands accused of sexually assaulting at least five children. Read more
With Msgr. William Lynn out of jail, what now?
Posted by David Clohessy · January 09, 2014 10:36 AM
First, we should all thank Billy Doe, his family, the police and the prosecutors whose courage made Lynn’s conviction possible. And we should thank prosecutors who plan to appeal this ruling. We of course hope the Pennsylvania Supreme Court will overturn it. And we call on Philly Catholic officials to keep Lynn permanently off the job or at least until this case is finally resolved. Literally thousands of U.S. Catholic officials have done precisely what Msgr. Lynn did and were never even charged or exposed, much less convicted. And we believe that hundreds or thousands of chancery officials across the U.S. are doing – right now - exactly what Msgr. Lynn did. Read more
They are NOT "bunglers"
Posted by Barbara Dorris · December 12, 2013 10:46 AM
Don’t believe it for a second. Brisbane’s Catholic bishop claims he and his colleagues were “caught like rabbits in a headlight" regarding clergy sex crimes. He also claims one case is a "dramatic failure of oversight" that showed a "spectacular bungling." Read more
Share Two child crimes scandals compared
Posted by Barbara Dorris · December 11, 2013 2:59 PM ·
Two US media outlets today mentioned scandals over crimes against children. One involves 6,000 potential crimes in one jurisdiction. The other involves potentially 16 times that many likely predators. Let’s compare them. The New York Times reports that more than 6,000 possible crimes against children have not been investigated by state officials in Arizona. Read more
Powerful prelate talks; Lowly judge acts
Posted by Barbara Dorris · December 06, 2013 10:42 AM
A lowly US county judge did more yesterday to protect kids than the most powerful prelate on the planet. Yesterday, Judge John Van de North forced the Catholic archbishop of St. Paul/Minneapolis to disclose the names, whereabouts, statues and work histories of about 30 credibly accused child molesting clerics.
Yesterday, as he’s done for eight months, Pope Francis refused to disclose a single predator's name. Nor, as best we can tell, did a single one of the planets 5,000 Catholic bishops disclose a single predator’s name. Read more
Twin Cities crisis gets worse & weirder
Posted by Barbara Dorris · November 18, 2013 9:17 AM
The St. Paul/Minneapolis archdiocesan abuse and cover up crisis is getting worse…and weirder. Let’s start with the “weirder” part. An admitted predator priest there “met with Fr. Kevin McDonough, the vicar general, to talk about two topics — his relationship with a serial killer and his sexual interest in a convicted child rapist.”
It’s not enough that Fr. Clarence Vavra molested kids. He also apparently was (or is) close to two men. One is a serial murderer and the other was imprisoned for raping his son. Read more
Another “win” for Kansas City’s convicted Bishop Finn
Posted by Barbara Dorris 812.72pc on November 14, 2013
Imagine this: A bank robber shoots and kills two people – first a custodian and a then a teller - as they run away seeking safety. The criminal is held responsible for the custodian’s death but not for the teller’s death. Why? Because when the bullet hit the custodian, he was on bank property but when the bullet hit the teller, she was actually standing on a public sidewalk. Pretty crazy scenario, right? Why should the actual physical site of a crime enable wrongdoers who commit or conceal that crime to get off the hook? But that’s exactly what’s happening in Missouri with clergy sex crimes and cover ups.
In 2011, St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson and his colleagues got off the hook because Fr. Cooper molested a boy at a riverside cabin that was owned by the priest (but NOT owned by the church).
And this week, Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn and his colleagues caught the same break because Fr. Michael Tierney molested a boy on property NOT owned by the church.
There’s only two ever-so-slight ‘silver linings’ here. The first is that the Missouri Supreme Court will hopefully overturn these rulings, and the awful decision on which they are partially based – the 1997 Gibson v. Brewer case that puts our state among three in the US in which victims have to prove ill intent (not just negligence) by employers in child sex cases.
The second ‘silver lining’ is that these two brave victims – Paul Alvino in St. Louis and John Doe D. T. in Kansas City - have shown just how committed Carlson and Finn are to their cover ups of clergy sex crimes. These disgraceful prelates are so determined to keep hiding the truth that they’ll use any legal maneuver or loophole – no matter how unprecedented or immoral – to deny already wounded and still suffering child sex abuse victims their day in court.
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