St Philomena Roman Catholic Church Re...
fred norton

Jersey City, NJ

#21 Dec 5, 2009
I'm an old fashioned Catholic, I guess. On occasion, I will make a visit to St. Philomena's and it seems on each occasion someone is in the church who either forgets or doesn't care that there are some people who are trying to pray. They will continue a conversation and will actually be insulted if they are asked to "tone it down". The respect for the Blessed Sacrament is set aside, and I often witness communicants chewing gum when they move forward to receive Holy Communion. I also find it unsettling to see tables set up outside the church almost every Sunday asking for donations from the boy scouts to the 50/50 raffles.
In attempting to attract the younger generation, the older generation seems to have been forgotten. It would be interesting to find out what the parishioners, young and old, find disconcerting. I remember reading, for example, an article in Commomweal written by Msgr. Myles Burke, a professor of scripture at St. Joseph's Seminary, Dunwoodie, Yonkers, New York, that the "kiss of peace" looks like people are running for office. I wonder what he would say now should he see the priests kissing the women on the altar. Maybe I am the only one who will raise the above issues, and am making much ado about nothing.
fred norton

Jersey City, NJ

#22 Dec 8, 2009
It appears that the new health care plan will have a provision that allows for the payment of abortions with our tax dollars. I understand that the document entitled Manhattan Coalition recommends civil disobedience. I would appreciate any information as to what that may entail and whether or not the Catholic Church will recommend not paying our federal taxes. That type of civil disobedience certainly would get the attention of congress. Writing to our representatives doesn't appear to have the ability to put the fear of God in them. My understanding of the IRS rules and regulations is that one does not go to prison for non payment of taxes. Certainly, there are financial consequences to refusing to pay your federal taxes. Has Archbishop Myers given any directives as of this date as to what the Catholic Church may have in mind. Thank you!!!
Rob Forcella

South River, NJ

#23 Dec 9, 2009
I was an altar boy for Father John back at Immaculate Conception during the 70's and 80's. I spent alot of time with him especially when my Dad was sick and then died. Never once did he do anything inappropriate with me or any of the other altar boys. He was very devoted to God and helped the children who needed him the most. These allegations are false and the people making them should be held liable for slander and sued. He is a great man of the Lord. I am in my 40's now and often seek out his wisdom. The people who have started this rumor should be ashamed of themselves. This is a great man who makes an impact on every parish he serves. father, remember, even Padre Pio was falsely accused. Please do not give up your faith. Your parishners believe in you.
voice for the children wrote:
Alligation were made, that father laferrera of st Philomena livingston had sexual misconduct with a minor in late 70's early 80's.
Today at the Catherdral in Newark there was a letter handed out stating the abuse took place when Father Laferrera was a parish priest at Immaculate Conception Parish in Newark. This is very disturbing and should be investigated because he does support the BSA and Parents should be on alert. Parishoners should question these alligations to keep our children safe.
The diocese still proceded to honor Laferrera even know they were made aware of these alligations without any investigation. We must put a stop to this evil that has infotrated the catholic church. Speak up and let your voices be herd so our children can have a chance to be abuse free...
Rob Forcella

South River, NJ

#24 Dec 9, 2009
I was an altar boy for Fr. John at Immaculate in the 70's and 80's. You are lying and will go to hell for it. I spent days and nights with that man when i was younger and my dad was dying. he never ever touched any child inappropriately. i was there first hand and you were not. stop spreading rumors haven't you heard of liable and slander? you can be sued for that. I was around this man almost daily, ccd, altar boy practice, dinner with him at the church, trips to seaside heights over night, etc and nothing ever happened. you are a lier. show me the proof. you do not have any. remember, you can be sued for slander, buddy. you are lucky he is a forgiving priest.
Voice for the children wrote:
Investigated by who? Cleared by who? and what about the lives that have been destroyed because they were sexual abused. Should I be more specific? Anally raped, masterbated, oral rape, lied to, groomed by there perps collar, etc...
if you go to wwww.bishopsaccountability.org you will see the lives that have been destroyed. The children that are now adults that have been lied to and souls that have been stolen. Are you that blind that you have no clue of what has been happening with cardinals, bishops, pastors, etc... and how they covered up for fellow priest, moved them around and even changed there names. These are facts. So bottom line is this post was not "dumbass" rather you are just blinded and uneducated because of your blindness or you are one of those people covering up for these sick people.
By the way let me know who investigated these alligations and cleared this man of these alligations I would love to hear your facts.
ANONYMOUS

Anderson, IN

#25 Jan 29, 2010
'Father' John L is one of the nastiest, meanest humans (if the word can be used) ever. He is overly political, self-absorbed, conceited, obessed with money, prestige, power and should never have been ordained. He is hideous. I hope people learn more about him, because his real self is hidden. If you cross him, he will try to destroy you. He should not be a pastor, a monsignor, a priest, or even near any Catholic. He should be removed as soon as possible.
fred norton

Caldwell, NJ

#26 Feb 4, 2010
Anyone who prints such insults and defamatory statements and then hides behind the "anonymous" label, doesn't deserve to have their comments printed no less considered as truthful. As to a fear of a potential libel or slander suit, not to worry, truth is a valid defense. Your comments seem to reflect a person who has enormous hatred for the Catholic Church and is taking it out on Father John. There is an enormous amount of venom in your diatribe, with nothing to support your conclusions. Specifics certainly would help. Interesting that you claim Father John's real self is hidden and then you hide behind your opinions.
John

Jamaica, NY

#27 Feb 5, 2010
The anonymous post doesn't deserve any response. It's obviously from someone who's just looking to get a rise out of others.
DEE NICE

Orange, NJ

#28 Feb 5, 2010
INNAPPROPRIATE AS IN TOUCHING SLEEPING IN SAME BED AND WALKING INTO A BATHROOM WHILE I WAS SHOWERING THIS IS NOT NORMAL. CAN ONLY IMAGINE WHAT HE DID TO OTHERS.
Sammy Dee

Brooklyn, NY

#29 Feb 5, 2010
SITTING ON LAP, TOUCHING OF ARMPIT HAIRS, TOUCHING OF NIPPLES, GETTING UNDRESSED IN FRONT OF ME AT THE RACKET BALL CLUB IN THE SHOWER ROOM ALL AT AGE 12-14 IS VERY INAPPROPRIATE TO SAY THE LEAST!!!! FATHER JOHN IS A PREDATOR!!!
fred norton

Caldwell, NJ

#30 Feb 5, 2010
Dee Nice and Sammy Dee (if you are two different people which I doubt-same type and the use of Dee is a give-away and only and hour apart) even our civil justice system requires witnesses be sworn before they testify and the accused is always allowed to cross examine. Try and be more creative when using a pseudonym. I know you would not want a blind broadside attack on your character from an anonymous donor.
dee nice

Leonardo, NJ

#31 Feb 6, 2010
We are two different people although we both have experienced this predators antics and we do know each other. Do not sit and judge people who have been through this. Just because he didnt put his nasty paws on your body does not absolve him from what he did to us. There are others who will come forward and when that happens I promise you will eat your words. Its easy for someone who has never had this happen to them to sit and spew their opinions but this my friend is not an opinion it happened. Remember just because you know someone dosent really mean you know that person. You keep talking about testify this and swear that, but we dont need to testify to you what happenned to us. We just want people to be aware what their children may be subjected to so step off if you have nothing constructive to say that will help get this, predator, pedophile what ever you want to call him, his due. And again we are not the same people einstein!
fred norton

Caldwell, NJ

#32 Feb 8, 2010
First, are you Dee Nice from Belleville or Dee Nice from Harrison? No I don't know you, but people who slander and libel others and fail to identify themselves do not deserve to be believed. If you are so sure of your position, I suggest you see an attorney and sue. Stop hiding and come forward and seek the revenge you seem so desperate to want. While you state that I have nothing to say, you spout venom and snivel without delivering any real proof. Why should anyone believe you?
dee nice

Franklin Square, NY

#33 Feb 8, 2010
I dont want money you imbecile. Why does it matter where im from. How do we know you live in Livingston. And for that matter who cares where you are really from.Does that make you more believable? You obviously dont know anything about abuse as you may never have experienced it in your life. And thank the real God that none of your children ever have. Would you tell your daughter that she was spewing venom just because you "know" this man. No I dont think so. Again step off and let the people who need to hear this do so.
fred norton

Caldwell, NJ

#35 Feb 9, 2010
Grow up and stop feeling sorry for yourself.
dee nice

Irvington, NJ

#36 Feb 9, 2010
Spoken like a true bigot who was probably born with a spoon in his mouth. Dont feel sorry for myslef deusche i feel sorry for an idiot man like you who will cry after he finds out that it happenned to someone close to him and than wonders how could I have missed that. You are truly a closeminded individual who cant say to himself maybee these stories have some truth to them. I"m glad i got you down to one sentence. You are probably an uptight old man who is a parrish memeber who only knows Papa John for a few years and will go to his grave defending the wrong man!Thanks Judas.
Sammy Dee

Brooklyn, NY

#37 Feb 9, 2010
ACCORDING TO THE WEEKLY CHURCH BULLETIN, FATHER JOHN IS IN THE HOSPITAL. UMH, UMH, UMH... SEEMS LIKE THE PRESSURE OF WHAT HE DID TO SOME OF THE POOR INNOCENT ALTERBOYS AT IMMACULATE CONCEPTION IN NEWARK, NJ IN THE 70'S & 80'S MIGHT BE GETTING TO HIM! I WOULD GUESS THAT FINALLY ALL OUR PRAYERS ARE BEING ANSWERED. THERE IS A GOD AFTER ALL...
Seeker of Truth

Garner, NC

#39 Feb 14, 2010
Jim Goodness wrote:
The allegation was presented to the Essex County Prosecutor's Office. The investigation was conducted by the Archdiocesan Review Board, a group of individuals with backgrounds in law enforcement, law, investigation and clinical work. The board interviewed a number of individuals related to the allegation, and the information they uncovered did not support the allegation that was brought against this priest.
Oh I feel so much better seeing that Mr Goodness has assured us that the priest is innocent.
dee nice

Paterson, NJ

#40 Feb 15, 2010
Once again an idiotic response from someone who obviously knows nothing about this man. Jim Goodness is a church employee and knows nothing about the truth. So if you really seek the truth than do so and dont make comments that make no sense numskull.
Sammy Dee

Brooklyn, NY

#41 Feb 16, 2010
The truth shall set the innocent free... In time it will be all out in the open and there will be no turning back the clock for the PREDATOR. Even after 30 years the pain is still there. We were just little innocent boys between the ages of 12-16 trying to be nice catholic children. What were we to know that what he was doing to us was against God and the teachings of Jesus when the teacher of our religion said it was ok. The TRUTH shall be victorious...
fred norton

Caldwell, NJ

#42 Feb 16, 2010
Hmmmm!!! Innocent little boys at age 16.

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