Kevin Riordan: Still a sanctuary to them

Kevin Riordan: Still a sanctuary to them

There are 10 comments on the News story from Feb 20, 2011, titled Kevin Riordan: Still a sanctuary to them. In it, News reports that:

Leah Vassallo and her fellow "vigil-ers" love St. Mary's Church with a fierceness sired by faith.

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Alloway, NJ

#8 Feb 28, 2011
Aren't Catholic Schools and churches are closing all over america because of the pay out of sexual abuse cases and yet many are in denial including many from the Camden Diocese.
and yet per feb 8, 1990 by Dianna Marder, Inquirer staff writer
"The Diocese of Camden yesterday agreed to an out of court settlement that guarantees nearly $2.3 MILLION DOLLARS to an Audubon teenager who was molested by a Catholic priest. The Rev. John J. McElroy, 30 (at the time) was suspended from his post with the youth ministry at St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church in Barrington, NJ shortly after his May 1988 arrest. McElroy was convicted in June and sentenced in October to 5 years in prison. He is free on $25,000 bail pending an appeal. The assaults were reported have taken place between September 1986 and March 1988 when the boy was age 12 to 14.........."
Also, check to see that McElroy was laicized so he could marry one of the young girls who was involved in his youth ministry.
Also there were other children who were molested and or raped. However, the local police never investigaged or questioned the other children involved in McElroy's youth ministry. The priests of the diocese told the townspeople that the McElroy was innocent and that the young boy was a liar and druggie. That is why no else hasw come forward to this day.
But certain ones from st rose of lima know that McElroy was a manipulative con artist. It ws rumoured that money was missing from st rose of lima at that time.
prior to young boys reporting to authorities, there was a ski trip in which there ws underage drinkig and scandlous behavior condoned by the ring leader jack mc elroy.
It is also rumoured that church diocese of philly and camden diocese took care of many pedophiles.
Some one ought to investigagte this: It is said that jack mc elroy lives in kenneth square pennsylvania ( alot of illegal mushroom workers w/children in area) and is working for mortgage company that deals with major nationwide realtor which is involved in the selling of major catholic real estate nationwide (milwaukee). A convicted pedophiles priest should not be working with a company dealing with anything Catholic including real estate. The sellig of catholic real estate is because of sick perverts that raped and molested children and the church paid both the child and the rapist/molestors for silence.
And yet the roman catholic church is quick to cut off stipends, pensions and medical benefits after many priests worked for dioceses and later left for traditional catholicism. these same traditional holy priests were excommunicated and referred to as herectics.

Alloway, NJ

#9 Feb 28, 2011
Why is it other major dioceses in the united states has declared bankruptcy? The Camden Diocese has many lawsuits that were filed in NJ. The Camden Diocese is closing down churches and schools to further cover up sexual abuse. It is just another phase of the cover ups and recovery.
These dioceses are causing the loss of school enrollments and mass attendance by using evil methods to justify closing it and selling it. The Roman Catholic Church of America is in the real estate business. Rafael Follierir (Ann's Hathaway's ex-boyfriend) wasw just a scape goat for the ones who should have went to jail instead like his uncle in Rome and many within the Camden diocese who had dealings of fraud involving the buying and selling of catholic real estate.

Also, instead of closing st mary's and st joes in woodstown which is also appealing...
(And since when does a merger goes throught if there are appeals and protests?????

Get rid of theswe bishops who were involved in cover ups like Rigali and Galante etc and deny them their pensions and medical benefits. Sell off diocesan buildings.

Bishops, cardingals, priests, pastors and even popes come and go but the families who built these catholic churches and schools will remain forever.

Church law (Canon law ) is being broken and manipulated. However, this is america and the catholic properties belong to the people not these greedy unholy bishops,dioceses,cardinals, and those unholy ones in Rome.

And no.. I am not a sed vancatist

Ashburn, VA

#10 Mar 9, 2011
I am a victim of sexual abuse. I never received any apology and no compassion has been shown to me.(also, never received apology for Buena incident either).

They tried to cover it up because I never sued the Church.

Protesting the Church closings was therapeutic and it was the right thing to do.

I am not nuts I am a survivor.

It's really not fair to blame Rigali. At least he shows some sincerity and compassion. Don't these bishops take orders and from Rome??? Don't these bishops give obedience to Rome??

Galante is far worse then Rigali

Ashburn, VA

#11 Mar 9, 2011
and why didn't I come foreward?? I can't come forward because the man that sexually abused me scares me.

I would be ostracized and ridiculed by many in my where I live. I already have a bad reputation when we were protesting the church closings.

Ashburn, VA

#12 Mar 12, 2011

Ashburn, VA

#13 Mar 12, 2011
Here is a suggestion to Parishioners of St. Mary's in Malaga, NJ

The Rosary should be prayed Read your missals daily too.

God is still present in the Church via Holy Ghost.
Every church has guardian Angels and St. Mary's Angels are working hard to defend the church which was built during religious and racial persection during the days that many of the ancestors were asisting in the offerring the Holy Sacrifice of the Latin Mass of Trent (not 1962 john xxiii.)

Did you ever notice that the majority of churches that have been selected for closing are small traditional churches which remind you of Currier and Ives, warren kimble, and the painter of light..

Ashburn, VA

#14 Mar 15, 2011
It is a shame that this is happening all over the USA. It seems now that the "church" is in the real estate business. In reality the properties belong to the people.

No wonder they don't teach about Heaven or Hell. It seems that many are heading for purgatory or Hell.

Glassboro, NJ

#15 Jun 14, 2011
Thank you to Salem County residents Joe and Dee who hold vigil at st marys in malaga, nj every weekend.

Glassboro, NJ

#16 Jun 14, 2011
This post should be placed somewhere else. But it is elmer area. Residents are complaining about USANA ( operated by veterans who served our country) gun range which has been there since the 70's. Why move to house where there is gun range???

Also, if people want to take nature walks that is why we have Parvin State forest not on or near gun range property. Also, children on fourwheelers damgage themselves and/or property crops and wetlands and wildlife.

Also, these residents should have more respect for our veterans and our local police departments including Gloucester County. Gloucester County ususally assists Salem County law enforcement. They all need a place to train inorder to protect us in the future.

I am a woman and I took my NEW JERSEY STATE hunting test for shotgun. I learned alot about gun saftey from experience and well trained instructors from USANA.

Its the same people move into the area and want to dictate on how the land should be used. It sounds to me that the residents want to use the land for fourwheelers and hiking trails. Again, we have Parvin State Park for hiking and there is no need for 4 Wheelers. Support our VETERANS & NJ LAW ENFORCEMENT by supporting USANA gun range.

In regards to four wheelers: There has been many injuries from them. People move to the country and use them as babysitters for their kids. Parents even encourage these kids by buying these expensive toys and allowing to trespass on neighboring properties while most families are struggling to put gas in their cars so they can go to work and support their families.

In Pilesgrove and most recently pedricktown children and even adults have been blatantly riding fourwheelers in farm fields and destroying crops by doing wheelies and causing thousands of dollars of lost crops everyear

One minor claims he was out late at night and couldn't see crops. There needs to be curfews. There is no excuse for these children to be out past dusk and there is no excuse for these children to trespass and destroy crops. It's bad enough farmers have to deal with the heat and weather. Farmers don't have time to go to juvenile court which is a waste of time for farmers and law enforcement anyway. Also, these the fourwheelers has damaged wildlife and wetlands too. Often, these fourwheelers are not wearing helmets either.

Jeers to the adults and children who ride fourwheelers without helmets and drive recklessly and trespass and destroy crops, wetlands and other property. And if these riders of four wheelers get injured on the land, they will want to sue the landowner when in reality the parents should be liable for negligence by leaving their under 18 yeawr old kids home alone.


Glassboro, NJ

#17 Aug 1, 2011
to show how vindictive and nasty the novus ordo camden diocese, nj is that they posted the decree by bishop right before St. Mary's annual Feast of the Assumption Festival.

The Feast of the Assumption started out as a holy day with Mass, confessions and procession along with fun filled activities during the day.

The Camden Diocese has prevented weddings, funerals, and all Masses from being at St. Mary's in Malaga, NJ

Sunday, August 14, 2011 the Feast of the ASsumption of our Lady will continue along with a candlelight processsion and fun filled activities during the day.

What the dioceses of camden is doing is truly a sin against God.

These mergers and closures are nothing but money laundering and fraud. Rome is indifferent to sins and scandals. It rewards all who are liberal, sinful and evil.

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