NJ diocese removes Catholic priest af...

NJ diocese removes Catholic priest after sex abuse allegation s...

There are 9 comments on the North Jersey Media Group story from Mar 3, 2010, titled NJ diocese removes Catholic priest after sex abuse allegation s.... In it, North Jersey Media Group reports that:

Camden's Roman Catholic diocese has removed a 75-year-old Catholic priest because of sexual abuse allegations stemming from 1981.

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Ashburn, VA

#1 Mar 31, 2010
See the Camden Diocese allows priests like this to keep their benefits even after being accused. We are paying for many who sexually abused children and people. Some of the abusers from this diocese were living like kings with florida waterfront condos. There are many from this diocese who are still in hiding and the diocese knows that they are no good.

yet, they threaten good holy priests who are holy with disobedience charges and threatening them from saying Mass and even cutting off their medical benefits. If a Catholic priest was removed from parish or forced into retirement, they should be allowed to keep all of their benefits and do whatever they want. Afterall, no one in this diocese is practicing poverty or chastity.

It's funny that when Galante was in dallas and two of his priests were caught on boy/man website chatting and stating that they wish pope john paul II would die because of his position on homosexuality. Galante allowed these 2 "priests" to return their parishes.

Yes, in this diocese the bad is rewarded and the good is punished.

Pleasantville, NJ

#2 Jun 25, 2013
There is a real estate agent in brigantine Century 21 who was a priest in Tuckerton but was defrocked & a judgement was made in Delaware against him. How come this isn't on the news?
NJSA 524B-39

Ann Arbor, MI

#3 Jul 2, 2013
Thanks Kathy
It has been covered by some news shows and papers, but not followed up on by investigators due to "relocation" or "retirement from the church"; some have tried and are still trying to correct these wrongs, see:
Database of Publicly Accused Priests in the United States
"Brendan Sullivan
Sullivan, who retired in 2004, was permanently removed from active ministry by the Diocese 2/23/10 after substantiated allegations that he had abused a 14 yr old boy in 1981. Sullivan was assigned to Assumption parish in Atco at the time. Diocese had denied knowing of any other claims against Sullivan. Died 4/11 per Courier Post obituary."
See the Sources.
Also, another example of "relocation" or "retirement from the church"
excerpt; "Thought Fr. Marjan Bober was retiring from Our Lady of the Lakes Church, Collings Lakes NJ years ago?"
Marjan L. Bober
Accused of abuse of one youth per the 1994 RICO petition. Still believed to be an active priest.

by Stephen C. Rubino
NJSA 524B-39

Ann Arbor, MI

#4 Jul 15, 2013
Written by
Jim Walsh
Courier-Post Staff

"The Diocese of Camden, seeking to block a lawsuit that claims child sex abuse by a priest, has cited phone calls made by the alleged victim in an effort to protect other youngsters.

Lisa Syvertson Shanahan contacted the diocese in 2004, saying she was molested in the early 1980s by the Rev. Thomas Harkins and she wanted to warn others about her former parish priest in Hammonton. Church officials heard from Shanahan again in 2012, when she sued the diocese over the alleged abuse.
U.S. District Court Judge Noel Hillman ruled June 27 that the lawsuit could proceed, accepting Shanahan’s argument that the two-year statute of limitations for her case began in October 2009. That’s when Shanahan says she realized she had grounds for legal action against the diocese.
The two sides agreed to suspend the passage of time toward the deadline after Aug. 8, 2011. But a diocesan lawyer has asked the judge to reconsider that view.
In a brief filed Thursday, attorney William DeSantis of Cherry Hill argued the clock began running when Shanahan called the diocese almost a decade ago and that time expired long before she filed the suit. During five conversations in 2004, DeSantis asserted, Shanahan learned “there had been other complaints about the offending priest and that he had been removed from the ministry in 2002.”
DeSantis said the calls should have led Shanahan to an awareness of her legal options in 2004.
“As a matter of law,” he asserted,“a reasonable 35-year-old woman who had been sexually abused as a child, who understood that sex abuse could harm a child, and who was told her abuser had been defrocked for abusing another child, would understand that she ‘may have a basis for an actionable claim’.”
DeSantis also challenged Shanahan’s claim “that she did not know she was injured when she contacted the diocese in 2004.”
Asked the attorney:“Why would she have felt it necessary, while reporting that she herself had been sexually assaulted by Harkins, to warn the diocese to “protect children from him if she did not understand that such abuse was injurious?”
DeSantis also challenged the judge’s finding that the diocese was part of Shanahan’s childhood household, in part because Harkins made multiple visits to her home. He said Hillman should consider “the relationship between (Shanahan) and the diocese, not Harkins.”
DeSantis said the judge’s failure to address those arguments in his ruling was a “manifest injustice” to the diocese. An attorney for Shanahan said the diocese was “making the same arguments that were previously rejected.”
Her attorney, Adam Horowitz of Miami, said Shanahan “did not yet believe she was harmed when she called the diocese in 2004. She also didn’t yet know that there had been a prior complaint about Father Harkins. So, she didn’t yet know the diocese was responsible for Harkins’ misconduct.”
“I look forward to putting these issues behind us and delving into what the diocese knew about Father Harkins ...” Horowitz said.“And what they did about it.”
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Manahawkin, NJ

#5 Jul 29, 2013
Any reason the Catholic Church is going bankrupt and is losing their flow, all over these pigs of priests, that the Vatican has had their asses covered , for thousands of years!
Any reason why the new "PaPa" had to go to a third world country, to Rio no less, the moral armpit of the world, and tried to rally youthful shocktroops for the world to tell their buddies to out out and get Catholic! The same age group that have been preyed upon by his own priests? To add insult to injury, Joe Ratzinger, the last Pope, is an ex-Nazi! Oh give me a break!!!

Brewster, NY

#6 Aug 7, 2013
August 04, 2013

Father Of Alleged Chabad Child Sex Abuse Victim Allegedly Assaulted In Chabad Synagogue – Again
Zephania WaksZephania Waks, the father of the lead alleged victim in the Chabad child sex abuse scandal in Melbourne, Australia, was allegedly assaulted in the main Chabad synagogue there for the second time by the same leading member of the Chabad community.

Brewster, NY

#7 Aug 7, 2013
June 23, 2013

Leading Chabad Rabbi Says Young Child Victims Of Sex Abuse May Have Wanted The Sex, Claims Young "Goyyim" Have Sex With Dogs
Rabbi Boruch LechesWhen challenged on his position that young boys could consent to sex, Rabbi Boruch Lesches, who was Chabad's rosh yeshiva in Sydney for 20 years, said "you would be surprised" and pointed out that "goyyim" began having sex "from the age of five." Poor "goyyim," Leches claimed, have "nothing else to do in life,[and therefore are] only thinking 24 hours about sex" with each other, members of their own families – and, Leches claimed, with "dogs."

Originally published at 9:50 pm CDT 6-22-2013

The Sydney Morning Herald reports:

A senior Australian rabbi who failed to stop an alleged paedophile from sexually abusing boys at a Sydney Jewish school said some of the victims may have consented to sexual relations and has warned that involving police now would "open a can of worms".

Brewster, NY

#8 Aug 7, 2013
Kiryas Joel Satmar Rebbe Says No Compromise On Circumcision, Compares "Attack" On Metzitzah B'Peh To Spanish Inquisition, Holocaust

Rabbi Aharon Teitelbaum compares the "attack" on metzitzah b'peh (MBP), the direct mouth-to-bloody-penis sucking done by hasidic mohels to babies, to the Spanish Inquisition and the Holocaust. And what is that "attack"? Publishing scientific data on MBP's risk to babies – it sometimes kills them – and requiring parents to sign an informed consent form before the procedure can legally take place.

Pleasantville, NJ

#9 Aug 7, 2013
I love it. Anything I put on this site, is wiped out, yet this crap lingers. Why?

Dare I say Lincoln, Republican, or outline the truth about the real history on how slavery started in the country? Apparently, those who edit this site are rabid liberals and cannot stomach the truth!!!

Liberal is supposed to be Liberal! Tolerant of all points of view! Right! Bull!!!

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