Former LI priest accused of molesting boys dies

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A former Roman Catholic priest who was one of the most notorious figures in the Diocese of Rockville Centre's child sex abuse scandal has died in Florida , authorities said. Full Story
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Worst job in the world

New York, NY

#1 Apr 30, 2009
...has to be spokesman for the Diocese of Rockville Centre. How do you look at yourself in the mirror when you say things like, "any victim...that has a credible claim...has been cared for by the church"? How do you say it with a straight face when you KNOW that the Diocese has said a year is enough counseling to "get over it." How, Mr. Dolan? You're really despicable and give Irish Catholics a bad name. Look to Ireland to see the honest way in which the leadership of the Church is dealing with abuse claims. You sound like you've been talking to too many lawyers.
Hugh G Rection

Peekskill, NY

#2 Apr 30, 2009
Is this spokeperson Dolan related to the other out-of-touch handjob moron named Dolan?

And good riddance to another dead Priest.

I wonder if his God is treating his spirit any different than any other common child molester.

I hope not.

Piss on this man's soul.
Mary M

Tuxedo Park, NY

#3 Apr 30, 2009
Betrayed by a Family Friend

By Jimmy Breslin
Newsday
February 13, 2003

"We were out buying patio furniture, and when we got back to the house there was a police car in front," he was saying. "I figure,'What are they doing here? One of the kids broke somebody's window. No, around here, they won't call if that happened. They know me and they know they'd get paid and the kids kept in the house.'"

This was yesterday afternoon across from his job on Seventh Avenue in Manhattan. He is a wounded Catholic. He commutes to Holbrook. He leaves at 6:30 in the morning and gets home at 7:30 at night. "How can you know anything?" he said.

"You didn't think of anything worse than a broken window?"

"I just stopped thinking. I saw a neighbor standing outside his house and looking. I didn't like that, I guess. My wife was different."

"What did she do?"

"She gets out of the car and runs into the house screaming."

"She knew."

"I guess women do. I went up to the neighbor and I said,'Joe, what happened?' He said my kid fell. That's all he said. I went inside and he was on the floor. He died suddenly."

It was strange, but he doesn't go beyond that.

"We went to the hospital, and they had him on a stainless steel table. He was blue. I kissed him and left. You lose a son, 15 years, 3 months."

The wake was in Maloney's in Holbrook and the funeral Mass at Good Shepherd.

A priest, Father Brian McKeon, who was a very close friend of the young man's, you'd like this priest as soon as he walks into a room, the father says, had been out of town when he died, but he returned and said the requiem Mass and gave the eulogy.

"I don't remember any of it," the father was saying yesterday. "All I know is that he was there, our favorite priest, Father Brian McKeon. March 2, 1987, says Mass for my son." The priest immediately began to come around to comfort the younger brother.

"He still was with us so much. Barbecues, golf, any family gathering. I just thought, he never hung out with a family where there was just a daughter."

One day, a little over two years ago, there was a fight in the neighborhood between a couple of young men and it was over drinking and a priest's affections, and the word now went everywhere. He came home on the train at night and noticed his wife was uncomfortable and wouldn't say why. One night after that, she was on the phone with a family friend, Bob Fernandez, who was a retired New York detective.

"She held the phone and said that Bob wanted to tell me something. She said that there was something with Father Brian, and a few kids were involved, and so were ours. I took the phone. Bob said to me,'I wanted to tell you myself before you hear this from anybody else.' He told me. The priest had molested my oldest son. He died. Then the first thing the priest did was molest the second kid. The brother dies and he moves in right away on a hurt kid. I threw the phone."
Mary M

Tuxedo Park, NY

#4 Apr 30, 2009
(continued)

He and his wife went to the Long Island diocese headquarters at Rockville Centre. They had an appointment with Msgr. Fred Caldwell and Msgr. Alan Placa. Caldwell appears weak and yet somehow is in charge of personnel for the diocese. Placa is a round man with complaints of sexual abuse on Long Island that go back to the steam engine. He is a fixer, and this sort usually has charm to go with his piece of business. Beyond this, he was so universally disliked that it is wondrous how he lasted through a couple of bishops. His job was to lie to people like these two, with their dead son and abused second son, move the priest to safety in another parish and do it all without a lawsuit.

There was no bishop at that meeting, and the bishop today, William Murphy, aka Mansion Murphy, continues the tradition. The tradition of ignoring people. He certainly was not present in his diocese from the outset of this week when a Suffolk County grand jury issued a report that said the Long Island diocese ran a church with a twisted soul that handed disillusionment and even more pain to the trusting wounded.

Murphy was in Boston yesterday, appearing at a grand jury investigating the same outrages, sexual molesting of young people by priests who were moved about by Murphy when he was in Boston.

His career in his church consists of being a central figure in the largest scandal the American Catholic Church has had, with priests as pedophiles and bishops as pimps in New England and on Long Island, the ugliest, widest religious pillaging of young bodies to happen anywhere.

"What happened to McKeon?" I asked yesterday.

"They hid him. Then I'm with my wife and we were watching the St. Patrick's Day Parade two years ago. We were at 48th and Fifth on the east side of the street. We see the Nassau County Police Emerald Society, Brian McKeon, chaplain. We couldn't get through the barricades. We went down to Park Avenue and took a cab to 68th. You could cross the street there. I waited and then when McKeon came, I got in behind him and told him,'Step out of line.' I had to say it twice. Then we walked off the line and into the park but there were so many cops there that I couldn't do anything. I will someday. If you ever see him, tell him I'm looking for him."
Mary M

Tuxedo Park, NY

#5 Apr 30, 2009
Sorry this got posted backwards - this is the beginning of the article:

Betrayed by a Family Friend

By Jimmy Breslin
Newsday
February 13, 2003

"We were out buying patio furniture, and when we got back to the house there was a police car in front," he was saying. "I figure,'What are they doing here? One of the kids broke somebody's window. No, around here, they won't call if that happened. They know me and they know they'd get paid and the kids kept in the house.'"

This was yesterday afternoon across from his job on Seventh Avenue in Manhattan. He is a wounded Catholic. He commutes to Holbrook. He leaves at 6:30 in the morning and gets home at 7:30 at night. "How can you know anything?" he said.

"You didn't think of anything worse than a broken window?"

"I just stopped thinking. I saw a neighbor standing outside his house and looking. I didn't like that, I guess. My wife was different."

"What did she do?"

"She gets out of the car and runs into the house screaming."

"She knew."

"I guess women do. I went up to the neighbor and I said,'Joe, what happened?' He said my kid fell. That's all he said. I went inside and he was on the floor. He died suddenly."

It was strange, but he doesn't go beyond that.

"We went to the hospital, and they had him on a stainless steel table. He was blue. I kissed him and left. You lose a son, 15 years, 3 months."

The wake was in Maloney's in Holbrook and the funeral Mass at Good Shepherd.

A priest, Father Brian McKeon, who was a very close friend of the young man's, you'd like this priest as soon as he walks into a room, the father says, had been out of town when he died, but he returned and said the requiem Mass and gave the eulogy.

"I don't remember any of it," the father was saying yesterday. "All I know is that he was there, our favorite priest, Father Brian McKeon. March 2, 1987, says Mass for my son." The priest immediately began to come around to comfort the younger brother.

"He still was with us so much. Barbecues, golf, any family gathering. I just thought, he never hung out with a family where there was just a daughter."

One day, a little over two years ago, there was a fight in the neighborhood between a couple of young men and it was over drinking and a priest's affections, and the word now went everywhere. He came home on the train at night and noticed his wife was uncomfortable and wouldn't say why. One night after that, she was on the phone with a family friend, Bob Fernandez, who was a retired New York detective.

"She held the phone and said that Bob wanted to tell me something. She said that there was something with Father Brian, and a few kids were involved, and so were ours. I took the phone. Bob said to me,'I wanted to tell you myself before you hear this from anybody else.' He told me. The priest had molested my oldest son. He died. Then the first thing the priest did was molest the second kid. The brother dies and he moves in right away on a hurt kid. I threw the phone."
VOR

Bronx, NY

#6 Apr 30, 2009
"Dolan responded that "any victim of clergy abuse that has a credible claim - whether the case is legally time-barred or not - has been cared for by the church. We continue to encourage victims of abuse to come forward" to report abuse."

Wasn't it only a couple of years since an alleged victim of priestly abuse was told by Murphy outside St. Agnes, "Have your lawyer call my lawyer", when the victim was rebuffed in an effort to gain a private meeting with the bishop?

The truth is that even if all eforts for healing went beyond damage control, the church has been cataclysmically harmed not only by priestly sexual abuse, but by the bishops response to the problem over the past 50 years.

When I say the church, I mean the church, not only the clergy and leadership, but the body of believers with Christ as it's head, as Paul wrote.

The Markey Bill is woefully designed to destroy the church while protecting public institutions. The Lopez bill is fairer in that regard. As much as the church is advocating fiarness under the provisions of the law, they are mightily fighting against the one year window suppressing the statute of limitations.
Mary M

Tuxedo Park, NY

#7 May 1, 2009
VOR wrote:
"Dolan responded that "any victim of clergy abuse that has a credible claim - whether the case is legally time-barred or not - has been cared for by the church. We continue to encourage victims of abuse to come forward" to report abuse."
Wasn't it only a couple of years since an alleged victim of priestly abuse was told by Murphy outside St. Agnes, "Have your lawyer call my lawyer", when the victim was rebuffed in an effort to gain a private meeting with the bishop?
The truth is that even if all eforts for healing went beyond damage control, the church has been cataclysmically harmed not only by priestly sexual abuse, but by the bishops response to the problem over the past 50 years.
When I say the church, I mean the church, not only the clergy and leadership, but the body of believers with Christ as it's head, as Paul wrote.
The Markey Bill is woefully designed to destroy the church while protecting public institutions. The Lopez bill is fairer in that regard. As much as the church is advocating fiarness under the provisions of the law, they are mightily fighting against the one year window suppressing the statute of limitations.
Imagine if the law had allowed McKeon to be tried in either a criminal or civil court of law. If he's tried criminally, he goes to jail and comes out a registered sex offender, probably level 3, and he's tracked. If he's tried in civil court, his victims finally get to confront him in a court of law, he and those who enabled him are held responsible and the community gets to learn all about him and what he's done.

Instead, the church protects him. When he gets caught, the current law protects him, the church laicizes him and he disappears into the larger community - and becomes a nurse, where he has access to any number of people.

The Markey bill is trying to destroy the church?! No, the church wants a free pass for the sins it has committed and allowed. When I go to confession, I get penance to perform. Shouldn't the church get penance, too?
Assgravy

Mineola, NY

#8 May 1, 2009
Sounds like a cool way to go...vomiting blood, seizures, nice!!
catholic

New York, NY

#9 May 1, 2009
Glad the sicko is dead so he can't hurt anyone again. He became a nurse? What so he could touch more people. They promoted him to pastor of our church. Did Msgr. Seidenschwang know? He knew McKeon since he was a student at Holy Trinity.

I stopped giving any $ to the Church or Bishop's appeal. Why should I pay for the hierarchy's failure to stop this.

We are a family with religious.It hurts to see the damage they have done to all the good religious that served us for so many years. They let anyone in the priesthood including gays and pedofiles to get their numbers up.
troll intheass

West Islip, NY

#10 May 1, 2009
Assgravy wrote:
Sounds like a cool way to go...vomiting blood, seizures, nice!!
Go bendix
Amazing

Watertown, CT

#11 May 1, 2009
May he ROT in HELL for eternity.
But remember please, there are dirt bag men like him EVERYWHERE. NEVER leave your child with ANY adult, EVER.
someone

Knoxville, TN

#12 May 1, 2009
Brian, you are in my prayers.
Hector

Palm Coast, FL

#13 May 1, 2009
Worst job in the world wrote:
...has to be spokesman for the Diocese of Rockville Centre. How do you look at yourself in the mirror when you say things like, "any victim...that has a credible claim...has been cared for by the church"? How do you say it with a straight face when you KNOW that the Diocese has said a year is enough counseling to "get over it." How, Mr. Dolan? You're really despicable and give Irish Catholics a bad name. Look to Ireland to see the honest way in which the leadership of the Church is dealing with abuse claims. You sound like you've been talking to too many lawyers.
I hope the Irish are dealing with the crimes perpetrated by priests and their superiors better than we have in the US. It's absolutely amazing how we are still currently reading about these bastards in black and red.
My own Parish Pastor is vehemently against the Voice of the Faithful and all that they stand for. What does this tell one about the mindset of some of our Clergy and some of those posting here. Respect for some is getting more difficult each and every day.
lov

Far Rockaway, NY

#14 May 1, 2009
I knew Father Brian from when I was little and he was a very close friend of the family. We adored him and when we found out what happened we were in complete shock!!! I feel bad for the victims but i will always think of him and keep him in my prayers!
Sister Mary McAdam

Cedar Knolls, NJ

#15 May 1, 2009
[QUOTE who="Worst job in How, Mr. Dolan? You're really despicable and give Irish Catholics a bad name.[/QUOTE]

If you are really concerned about people giving a bad name to Irish catholics you should be mentioning the hypocritical jerk who used to run the county DA's office, Denis Dillion.
Father Blue Balls

Secaucus, NJ

#16 May 1, 2009
I don't see how in the year 2009 a person with average human intelligence can subscribe to beliefs that there is an entity more powerful then themselves.

These priests have showed the church for what it really is and still the sheep believe in it.

Just goes to show how stupid people can be.
Jeff Blakely

Beijing, China

#17 May 1, 2009
Are these God fearing Catholics the same Catholics who believe in offering respect and love for others, yet the moment they get behind the wheel of a car, suspend these beliefs because they are running late for an appointment?

Are these the same Catholics who blow by me doing 50 MPH on Merrick Road while talking on their hand held cellphone, in a SUV filled with children? They may call themselves loving responsible people, but I call them Disrespectful Friggin Idiots!!!!!!!!!!
Not an obamatron

Brooklyn, NY

#18 May 1, 2009
Jeff Blakely wrote:
Are these God fearing Catholics the same Catholics who believe in offering respect and love for others, yet the moment they get behind the wheel of a car, suspend these beliefs because they are running late for an appointment?
Are these the same Catholics who blow by me doing 50 MPH on Merrick Road while talking on their hand held cellphone, in a SUV filled with children? They may call themselves loving responsible people, but I call them Disrespectful Friggin Idiots!!!!!!!!!!
your ISP is in China?? where are you?
Father Kiddie Fiddler

Glen Cove, NY

#19 May 1, 2009
The church is as corrupt as our government. Both have to go. Revolution and secession are the paths to freedom.
Sheeple. Get off your knees. You've been had by a two thousand year old joke perpetrated by the joos. While you worship the joo on the stick they are picking your pockets. While you turn the cheek, they are bitch smacking you. How gullible can you be?
Jeff Blakely

Chicago, IL

#20 May 1, 2009
Not an obamatron wrote:
your ISP is in China?? where are you?
Why? Are you a priest looking for access to my children? Ain't gonna happen.

Every moment of the day people who consider themselves God fearing Catholics are selfishly disregarding public safety laws and endangering other people's families, yet you are concerned what part of this tiny planet I am posting from?

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