Grand Jury report reveals over 1,000 victims of sexual abuse covered up by the Pennsylvania Roman Catholic Church.

By | 2018-08-16T06:21:08+00:00 August 15th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , , |11 Comments

Courtesy of NYT:

Bishops and other leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania covered up child sexual abuse by more than 300 priests over a period of 70 years, persuading victims not to report the abuse and law enforcement not to investigate it, according to a searing report issued by a grand jury on Tuesday.

The report, which covered six of the state’s eight Catholic dioceses and found more than 1,000 identifiable victims, is the broadest examination yet by a government agency in the United States of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. The report said there are likely thousands more victims whose records were lost or who were too afraid to come forward.

It catalogs horrific instances of abuse: a priest who raped a young girl in the hospital after she had her tonsils out; a victim tied up and whipped with leather straps by a priest; and another priest who was allowed to stay in ministry after impregnating a young girl and arranging for her to have an abortion.

The sexual abuse scandal has shaken the Catholic Church for more than 15 years, ever since explosive allegations emerged out of Boston in 2002. But even after paying billions of dollars in settlements and adding new prevention programs, the church has been dogged by a scandal that is now reaching its highest ranks. The Pennsylvania report comes soon after the resignation of Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, who is accused of sexually abusing young priests and seminarians, as well as minors.

“Despite some institutional reform, individual leaders of the church have largely escaped public accountability,” the grand jury wrote. “Priests were raping little boys and girls, and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they hid it all. For decades.”

Promising to help people get to heaven while systematically raping their children is possibly the lowest most disgusting thing imaginable.

And because of the automatic respect that society affords men of the cloth, these horrendous crimes were easily covered up for decades upon decades.  

Why people allow themselves, and their children, to be victimized by these charlatans I will never understand. 

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11 Comments

  1. Anon August 15, 2018 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/pope-francis-silent-about-pennsylvania-catholic-church-child-abuse-by-priests?ref=home

    ‘No Comment.’
    “One little boy named George was even made to act out the Crucifixion in the nude while priests took Polaroid pictures they later passed around in the era before digital photographs and online pedo-pornography.

    “The group of priests used whips, violence, and sadism in raping their victims,” “The victims were given gold crosses to wear,i which became a sort of scarlet letter by which other offending priests could identify boys who had already been used and abused.”
    “The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, which is the governing body of the American Catholic Church, issued its own statement on the matter, offering prayers “that all survivors of sexual abuse find healing, comfort and strength” but stopping short of calling the allegations crimes.”
    “Marie Collins, a victim of clerical sexual abuse from Ireland who had been a member of Pope Francis’ Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors—and who resigned last year after three years on the commission over the pope’s “lack of action” to protect children—said the problem is a question of semantics.

    She tweeted after the Pennsylvania report came out. “It’s not just America but the entire Catholic Church needs to examine itself,” she told The Daily Beast, reflecting a Twitter tirade she has been on since the report came out. “They need to examine the internal culture which allows an unholy attitude of ‘hear nothing,’ ‘see nothing,’ and ‘say nothing’ to thrive.””

  2. Anonymous August 15, 2018 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    The Catholic Diocese in Pennsylvania should lose it’s tax exempt status immediately and all assets seized to pay restitution.

  3. Anonymous August 15, 2018 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    I wonder if they are hiding any serial killers in the priesthood?

    • anonymous August 16, 2018 at 6:17 am - Reply

      We already know they hide killer priests.

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/12/08/in-1960-she-went-to-confession-and-vanished-now-we-know-the-priest-murdered-her/

      And so when Holy Week came, the most sacred time of year for Catholics, Garza decided to go to confession.

      On the eve of Easter, she drove to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen.

      She never came home. Two days later, her beige, high-heeled shoe was found inches from the curb near the church. The following Thursday, her body was found floating in an irrigation canal.

      An autopsy would later determine she had been beaten, suffocated, and raped while unconscious.

      Authorities found few clues and struggled to piece together the moments before her death. But one fact soon became clear. Among the last to see her was a 27-year-old priest with horn-rimmed glasses — the Rev. John Feit.

      The young priest admitted he had heard Irene’s confession that night, in the rectory instead of the confessional. But he denied killing the young woman. The priest avoided criminal charges, decade after decade. As the years passed, witnesses died, detectives changed and the investigation into Garza’s murder stalled.

      More than 57 years later, the murder’s lone suspect has now been found guilty. On Thursday evening, after a six-day trial in the Hidalgo County Courthouse in Edinburg, a jury convicted Feit, now an 85-year-old ex-priest, of murdering Garza.

      What if the priest was a serial killer?

      What would they do?

      What if the priest was a child rapist serial killer?

      What would they do?

  4. Anonymous August 15, 2018 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    Sigh. The Catholics run to protect their pervs. I will hear excuses upon excuses on why this shit occurs and why God let it happen. The followers are even more loathsome than the priest. Pedophiles have been hiding behind the cross since forever. And now in the name of God they touch your children and ruin them for life. Why? All because you were raised a Catholic or whatever religion that you believe in. Wake up and smell the fucking roses parents. Jim Jones was classic when he led his followers to their deaths. And that was before he molested most of them. Why must you be followers? Follow your guts. A cult like the Catholics where grown ass men wear gown and caps and other regalia is suspect to begin with. If you want to follow, follow your gut instinct and don’t give your kids to assholes. Bad enough we have to submit our children to the education system here in America. And that’s because we are too lazy to homeschool because I am pretty sure that there is raping our children’s minds in public school. Betsy Devos doesn’t inspire any confidence.

  5. anonymous August 15, 2018 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    Alaska politics!

    Be best- just like Joe Miller!

    https://www.adn.com/politics/2018/08/14/alaska-senate-candidate-charged-with-felony-theft-over-food-stamp-benefits/

    wait wait don’t tell me…

    A candidate for Alaska Senate is facing felony charges that she and her husband defrauded the state of six months’ worth of federal food stamp benefits.

    Rebecca “Bekah” Halat is running in the Republican primary against Chris Birch, a state House representative, for an open South Anchorage Senate seat. Halat is a former Mrs. Alaska”

    • anon August 16, 2018 at 9:54 am - Reply

      “Halat’s campaign activity — and an anonymous tipster — sparked the investigation, prosecutors say.” a “Republican rock star.”!
      “In an Aug. 6 criminal complaint, prosecutors accused Halat and her husband, Jarek, of knowingly misleading the state about their finances when seeking food stamp benefits. Investigators reviewed bank records and concluded the couple failed to report multiple bank accounts and did not disclose Jarek Halat’s employment as a Lyft driver, according to the Office of Special Prosecutions.”
      “The Halats face one count each of second-degree theft, a Class C felony, and falsification of documents, a Class A misdemeanor. They are scheduled to make their first court appearance Aug. 24, a few days after next week’s primary.”
      “She called the criminal charges “false allegations from those trying to steal the election.”
      “Boy, have I learned a lot in the last 74 days! People have learned a lot about me, but there’s a lot more they have to learn if they think I’m going to just curl up in a ball and let someone else represent me and my district through attacking my family,”
      ” Halat described herself as an experienced business owner, consultant and trainer for other businesses, and Rogers reviewed her business licenses, Agerter wrote in the charges.
      Rogers also obtained bank records from Wells Fargo from December 2017 to June 2018. He found four separate bank accounts”

  6. anonymous August 15, 2018 at 8:54 pm - Reply
  7. Amon August 15, 2018 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    Did most of these priests vote for Trump?

  8. 110 AD August 16, 2018 at 7:16 am - Reply

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/these-chilling-stories-of-clerical-sex-abuse-highlight-the-need-for-change_us_5b745954e4b0df9b093b7235

    “Jurors heard stories of boys and girls being groped. They heard about cases of kids becoming victims of child pornography, being made to masturbate with assailants, and being raped orally, vaginally and anally.”

  9. 88 August 16, 2018 at 11:46 am - Reply

    OT?
    “In “Take My Land, Take My Life,” a history of the land claims movement, Alaska lawyer and historian Don Mitchell writes that it was Jackson who came up with the idea of the state-chartered Native corporations that are leading elements in the Alaska economy today.

    Jackson said it was a way for the U.S. to learn from its past mistakes in dealing with Native Americans in the Lower 48. Money and land would not go to municipal or tribal entities, but to companies owned by Natives.” Jackson, who in later years referred to himself as an “engineer of political economy,” said the corporate model to manage land and money was a way of allowing Natives to become independent, an alternative to the reservations in the Lower 48.

    It was a way of gaining freedom from the control of the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the U.S. Interior Department,
    “I approached the task with the idea that we’re going to try and do something that was better than anything else that had been tried,” “In testimony to Congress in 1968, Jackson said that keeping “villages frozen in history” would deny Native Alaskans privileges that others in American society took for granted.

    “The thing I was concerned about was the right of Alaska Natives to have free mobility within American society,”

    In his 2001 book, Mitchell wrote that Alaska Native leaders debated and became strong advocates of the corporate approach, though in recent decades some younger Native leaders have found this to be “politically incorrect in the new age of Native tribalism.””

    https://www.dermotcole.com/reportingfromalaska/2018/8/13/lawyer-barry-jackson-helped-create-alaska-native-claims-settlement

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