40-year-old allegations against Fishe...

40-year-old allegations against Fishers priest resurface

There are 2 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Feb 28, 2013, titled 40-year-old allegations against Fishers priest resurface. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

A Fishers parish is taking the unusual step of going public to confront decades-old allegations against its pastor.

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Sheila D

Carmel, IN

#1 Mar 3, 2013
I must say that I believe the writer of the letter. I have sexually abused myself and writing this I would prefer to anonymous myself. Sexual abuse is incredibly bad. The victim feels like he/she is to blame for their whole life unless he/she should be able to have counseling. Sexual abuser look and act like very normal people and one never tell who is actually a child predator. Please know this fact for sure. Perhaps someone should talk Toby Stark at Chaucie's Place and get some details about why a letter would be anonymous. I strongly believe that the writer is actually very brave. Whomever the writer is be assured he/she is extremely angry at this point and this drive the writer to write this kind of note. In the writer defense, he/she is probably only trying to protect the chilren at St. Louis De Montfort. I have been to that church and I liked Fr. Pat. He has a very charming personality. That how deceiving it is to truly know who is that sort of person. The interesting part to me is that obviously if Fr. Pat was in New Orleans at one time, why is he here now? Is he running from something that could destroy his livelyhood? 10 years, 20 years, whatever year - when a sexual abused victim forward - the perpatrator had better beware. Why would the Bishop come all the way down here to defend him anyway? That just makes me sick. This happens at all churches - heck even boy scouts have reported issues. If one has never been sexually molested then one does not have clue to what drives the mind the of the victim. Not one clue. I know this for sure - if one accuses someone of child sexual abuse at any point in time, it is true and we must believe people who are brave enough to come. I hope he follows thru with his threat. I hope the victim is strong enough to carry out his revenge. Be the revenge just coming out and telling or whatever - the victim must be respected and believed; people don't make these kinds of stories up EVER!!! If my children attended that school with this news and the letter I would so take my child to a therapist right now and find out if my child is truly okay. I have two children of my own that are now grown, but during their childhood you bet I watched and protected my children at all costs. One must trust his/her gut when caring for their children. Nightmares are common; being afraid of the dark; being afraid to be alone - this on and on for the victim forever and they never fully trust anyone especially with their own children. I felt like if I had even heard of any slight inappropriate behavior - well let's just it didn't happen, but if someone had touched either of my children it would have real ugly for the freak that caused to my children. Yes, they went to Catholic school. Yes, I know their are very bad people everywhere and believe me I was always there watching out. I was totally over protective. The person who letter is stil that child that was harmed 40 years and good for whomever the writer is. I look forward to seeing if the victim follows thru with the threat. When their is victim one can be assured there are more and they too will come forward.
Sheila D

Carmel, IN

#2 Mar 3, 2013
I just read I wrote and no sexually abuse myself - I meant I have been sexually abused myself. Very sorry for the mistake.

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