Priest barred after new abuse allegat...

Priest barred after new abuse allegations

There are 20 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Sep 9, 2010, titled Priest barred after new abuse allegations. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

A Catholic priest accused of sexual abuse is now barred from any public ministry after new allegations emerged involving minors dating back as far as four decades, the Archdiocese of Boston announced.

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ye of little faith

Dracut, MA

#1 Sep 9, 2010
"permanent disability" is this the new GUILTY?
Amused

Newton Center, MA

#2 Sep 9, 2010
Apparently, the 'ecclesiastical court' could not find its own backside with a pack of bloodhounds and a 10 man search party.
bigt

Boston, MA

#5 Sep 9, 2010
This is why i was baptised protestant
LTB at work

Stoneham, MA

#6 Sep 9, 2010
Amused wrote:
Apparently, the 'ecclesiastical court' could not find its own backside with a pack of bloodhounds and a 10 man search party.
\I think they'd get a lot more than 10 volunteers for that assignment!

9383 pair
Born

Sudbury, MA

#7 Sep 9, 2010
Somewhere Bernie Law is chuckling. How did He escape any prosecution? Oh I forgot Tom Rielly is why.
Amused

Newton Center, MA

#8 Sep 9, 2010
LTB at work wrote:
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\I think they'd get a lot more than 10 volunteers for that assignment!
9383 pair
I suspect the members of the court were a bit old for their own derrieres to be of any interest.
Crap

Salem, NH

#10 Sep 9, 2010
We can't put a mosque near ground zero but we can have a catholic church near a school? Or even worse....actually be a school! I think we should ban both.
fruit of the loom

Westford, MA

#11 Sep 9, 2010
burn the bastard on a cross.The church is full of them and thier all not guilty.old bernie law should be braught back in to a court of law and charged.kagen got his. bye a jail appointed believer
DoraTheExplorer

Houston, TX

#12 Sep 9, 2010
Looks like a new pedo-priest will be coming to a town near you very soon!
another proud lowell-life

Townsend, MA

#13 Sep 9, 2010
Dontcha just feel sorry for these priests? I mean, for five hundred years of the Catholic Church - maybe more - a grown man with a yearning for a little tushie had only to join the priesthood and he'd be rolling in it -- alterboys, catechism students, servants... it was like rump Disneyland!

Then all of a sudden -- nothing! They're cut off! A new day dawns! All of a sudden celibacy has a new meaning -- no sex at all!! Talk about arriving late to the party.

Since: Sep 10

Sussex, NJ

#14 Sep 15, 2010
another proud lowell-life wrote:
Dontcha just feel sorry for these priests? I mean, for five hundred years of the Catholic Church - maybe more - a grown man with a yearning for a little tushie had only to join the priesthood and he'd be rolling in it -- alterboys, catechism students, servants... it was like rump Disneyland!
Then all of a sudden -- nothing! They're cut off! A new day dawns! All of a sudden celibacy has a new meaning -- no sex at all!! Talk about arriving late to the party.
It's certainly grown to epidemic proportions! How awful.

Since: Sep 10

Sussex, NJ

#16 Sep 15, 2010
Franck wrote:
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What the hell is wrong with you woman? How many memberships do you have now?
You're out of your damned mind!
Not out of my mind. I've TOLD you I'm practically computer-illiterate. By my nickname and location you can plainly see I'm not hiding from anybody. I just had to do this to get my avatar back (that's actually an old pic of a friend of mine). Poor Tre/Thomas has tried so hard to teach me but what can I say? I'm a dinosaur. Do you hate the elderly? Oh, wait...you're over 60 also.

I happen to think life is a gift at ANY age. I even respect YOUR right to live.

Since: Jun 09

DeKalb, IL

#17 Sep 16, 2010
Pedophilia could be considered a disability. It is a mental illness that one could be treated for.
ye of little faith

Dracut, MA

#18 Sep 16, 2010
Seriously???!!!???
So we sould expect to see him a rehab funded by tax payers soon -ONLY to have him re-offend on our (at least MY) dime again.
Please.
You cant 're-hab' me out of my blue eyes any more than you can 're-hab' a skinner.
Amused

Newton Center, MA

#19 Sep 16, 2010
Jos Soroka wrote:
Pedophilia could be considered a disability. It is a mental illness that one could be treated for.
Pedophilia is a crime, and the best treatment I can think of involves a long stay in a correctional facility.
Think Again

Arlington, MA

#20 Sep 16, 2010
Amused wrote:
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Pedophilia is a crime, and the best treatment I can think of involves a long stay in a correctional facility.
Pedophillia is an attraction to children, one that is not always acted upon, just as some who are attracted to the same sex chose not to act on those feelings.

Molesting children is a crime and one that is carried out by those who are actually pedophiles as well as (in the majority of cases) those who are not.

The catholic church was a haven for the former (and latter for that matter) for centuries, for reasons that have already been stated. However, the scandal of the past decade has forced the Catholic Church to finally change. The modern Catholic Church employs the same systems as other churches, synagogues, boy scouts and schools involving background checks and mandatory reporting of valid complaints. While I cannot speak for every diocese, Boston's is a model for thoroughness, including the most important system which is simply ensuring that nobody (priest, teacher, volunteer, etc) is alone with other people's children. Two person rules and visual accountability is by far the best way to keep children safe in these environment. Please don't be presuming that the Catholic Church remains a haven for abusive priests. This did happen, and it was real and rampant, but it is not the case today. You will find almost no cases of abuse in this decade.
Amused

Newton Center, MA

#21 Sep 16, 2010
Think Again wrote:
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Pedophillia is an attraction to children, one that is not always acted upon, just as some who are attracted to the same sex chose not to act on those feelings.
Molesting children is a crime and one that is carried out by those who are actually pedophiles as well as (in the majority of cases) those who are not.
The catholic church was a haven for the former (and latter for that matter) for centuries, for reasons that have already been stated. However, the scandal of the past decade has forced the Catholic Church to finally change. The modern Catholic Church employs the same systems as other churches, synagogues, boy scouts and schools involving background checks and mandatory reporting of valid complaints. While I cannot speak for every diocese, Boston's is a model for thoroughness, including the most important system which is simply ensuring that nobody (priest, teacher, volunteer, etc) is alone with other people's children. Two person rules and visual accountability is by far the best way to keep children safe in these environment. Please don't be presuming that the Catholic Church remains a haven for abusive priests. This did happen, and it was real and rampant, but it is not the case today. You will find almost no cases of abuse in this decade.
The complacency that powers the thinking that you have a system that is so good that "it can't happen here" is one of the strongest indicators that it can. As we see with the cases we are now dealing with, children are very often reluctant to disclose sexual abuse, and disclosure is often made may years after the events. That alone should be enough to make us cautious in declaring the emergency over because there is not a deluge of current complaints. Besides that, even one case is one too many. The only acceptable level of sexual abuse is "zero". No system of prevention designed by fallible humans can by itself, assure a zero defects outcome.

Since: Sep 10

Sussex, NJ

#24 Sep 16, 2010
Amused wrote:
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The complacency that powers the thinking that you have a system that is so good that "it can't happen here" is one of the strongest indicators that it can. As we see with the cases we are now dealing with, children are very often reluctant to disclose sexual abuse, and disclosure is often made may years after the events. That alone should be enough to make us cautious in declaring the emergency over because there is not a deluge of current complaints. Besides that, even one case is one too many. The only acceptable level of sexual abuse is "zero". No system of prevention designed by fallible humans can by itself, assure a zero defects outcome.
Just reminded me of something a priest once told me: God would neveer allow a pope to become senile/develop Alzheimer's. Frankly, I think those guys have to have those conditions to become popes anyway!

Since: Sep 10

Sussex, NJ

#25 Sep 16, 2010
typo - never
ye of little faith

Dracut, MA

#26 Sep 18, 2010
Amused wrote:
<quoted text>
The complacency that powers the thinking that you have a system that is so good that "it can't happen here" is one of the strongest indicators that it can. As we see with the cases we are now dealing with, children are very often reluctant to disclose sexual abuse, and disclosure is often made may years after the events. That alone should be enough to make us cautious in declaring the emergency over because there is not a deluge of current complaints. Besides that, even one case is one too many. The only acceptable level of sexual abuse is "zero". No system of prevention designed by fallible humans can by itself, assure a zero defects outcome.
Amused, you took the words right out of my mouth. It is this type of ignorance/denial (as written by Think Again) that has allowed this crime to go on for so long.
How egotistical for one to assume that this trend has been obliterated. We are now hearing of abuse that occurred ten years ago and in ten years from now we will hear of the abuse that is occurring today. Its the nature of the crime.

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