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Catholic Charities refuses to place children with same sex couples

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First it was Catholic Charities of Rockford, Illinois. Now both Peoria and Joliet Catholic Charities have followed suit in reaction to new policiesA designed toA accommodate civil unions.A They have written letters to the Department of Children and Family Services explaining that it was against their practice to place children with unmarried ...

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Ashton, IL

#443 Jul 22, 2013
It is amazing that this issue is still going on. It was probably a bad idea for the Catholic Charities to partner with the state in the first place. Though the Church has more money than the state, it could direct its efforts more towards family support, addiction counseling, domestic violence, and even low cost housing. Catholic Charities would still be doing good stuff.

United States

#444 Aug 1, 2013
The seemingly limitless book of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy – and its coverup by a doggedly self-preserving church administration – added yet another new chapter this week. Just one month after Milwaukee released a mind-boggling 6,000 pages of documents revealing the personnel files of over 40 priests with “verified abuse claims against them” and the clever maneuvers the church went through to protect millions of dollars in its funds from lawsuits, on Wednesday five Los Angeles religious orders released 1,700 pages of documents pertaining to “a dozen priests, brothers and nuns accused of sexual misconduct.”

The move is not the first stark revelation of the massive abuses within the L.A. diocese. In January, the Los Angeles Times published a disturbing set of internal church documents – documents that “the Archdiocese fought for [five] years to keep secret”— detailing how Archbishop Roger M. Mahony and Msgr. Thomas J. Curry worked together to conceal abusers’“past problems” from law enforcement. These new papers, released to sexual abuse survivors as part of “the first wave of a court-ordered public disclosure” in a $660 million settlement, are not quite as earth-shattering. Instead, they offer “little or no reference to abuse allegations” save for cryptic references to, for example, one priest’s “problem” and “difficulty.” They also shed no new light on the sex abuse charges toward two nuns named in the subsequent lawsuits.

The papers do, however, reveal 500 pages of documentation regarding Ruben Martinez, who in 2005 confessed that he had molested “as many as one hundred boys.” There’s a note from Father Paul Nourie about Martinez’s “alleged misbehavior with younger males,” and his assertion that he has “every reason to believe their veracity.” The note appears to have been written “shortly before he assign[ed] Martinez to another parish in the Imperial Valley … to work with children.” SALON, 8-1-13

Rockford, IL

#445 Aug 7, 2013
Decades of abuse revealed in L.A. religious orders' files.

In therapy sessions, the priest confessed the shocking details he'd kept hidden for years: He had molested more than 100 boys, including his 5-year-old brother. He had sex with male prostitutes, and frequented gay strip clubs.

The admissions of the Rev. Ruben Martinez are included among nearly 2,000 pages of secret files unsealed Wednesday that were kept on priests, brothers and nuns who belonged to religious orders but were accused of child molestation while working within the Los Angeles archdiocese.

The papers, which were released under the terms of a $660 million settlement agreement reached in 2007, are the first glimpse at what religious orders knew about the men and women they posted in Roman Catholic schools and parishes in the Los Angeles area. The archdiocese itself released thousands of pages under court order this year for its own priests who were accused of sexual abuse, but the full picture of the problem remained elusive without the orders' records. Several dozen more files are expected to be released by the fall.

The documents cover five different religious orders that employed 10 priests or religious brothers and two nuns who were all accused in civil lawsuits of molesting children. Among them, the accused had 21 alleged victims between the 1950s and the 1980s.

Some of the files released Wednesday, including those of the nuns, don't mention sexual abuse at all, and others appear to have large gaps in time and missing documents. The release included documents from the Oblates, the Marianists, the Benedictines and two orders for religious sisters.

That the files don't reflect some of the alleged abuse doesn't mean it didn't happen, said Ray Boucher, lead attorney for some abuse victims. "Much of this went unreported. You're talking about kids that were terrorized and frightened in so many different ways, with no place and no one to turn to."

At more than 500 pages, Martinez's file is among the most complete, and it paints a devastating picture of a troubled and repressed child who later joined the priesthood to satisfy a domineering and devout father.

The Los Angeles archdiocese settled eight lawsuits over Martinez's actions in 2007, but had little documentation on him in its own files even though the priest worked in its parishes for years in the 1970s and 1980s.

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However, his order file includes graphic details described in therapy notes and psychiatric evaluations. It also reveals the years of effort — and tens of thousands of dollars — the Oblates spent trying to cure him of his self-admitted pedophilia as it shuttled him between programs, including inpatient treatment.

In 1965, Martinez took his final vows for a religious order called the U.S. Province of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, a nearly 200-year-old Catholic organization with roots in France. In 1969, he was ordained as a priest and assigned by his order to a small parish in Brawley, Calif.

In a 1993 psychiatric report — one of several such evaluations done between 1991 and 2005 by various treatment programs — the priest admitted to molesting children beginning in 1970, when he began playing "giddy up" games with young boys on his lap. In the documents, Martinez says he stopped "direct sexual contact" with boys after a mother complained to a pastor in 1982 and that he stopped touching boys altogether after another complaint in 1986.

It's unclear whether his religious order or the archdiocese was aware of those complaints, but around the same time as the first complaint, Martinez began weekly therapy sessions. He entered a counseling program for people with sexual compulsions after the second complaint in 1986.


Rockford, IL

#446 Aug 7, 2013

In 1991, he received five months of inpatient psychological treatment from a center in Jemez Springs, New Mexico that specialized in treating troubled priests.

Upon his release, Martinez was assigned to a tiny parish in the remote town of Westmorland, Calif., in the far southeastern corner of the state. While there, he would drive miles to San Diego to pick up male prostitutes, according to his file.He was removed from parish ministry in 1993, enrolled in a sex offender program and sent to live and work at the order's California headquarters in Oakland after another complaint surfaced from his past. For the rest of his career, he filled administrative roles.

Calls to the U.S. Province of the Oblates and emails to two attorneys representing Martinez and the three other Oblate priests whose files were released were not returned. Attorneys for the Benedictines and Marianists and a representative from the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus also did not return calls.

Carolina Guevara, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles archdiocese, did not address the current file release specifically but said religious orders are expected to make sure the priests they present for ministry in the archdiocese don't have any history of sex abuse.

One man who sued over Martinez's abuse told The Associated Press that the priest molested children after he was assigned to his hometown parish in Wilmington, a working-class city south of Los Angeles, in 1972. The man, now 50, requested anonymity because he is well-known in his professional life and has not spoken publicly about his case before. The AP does not publish the names of victims of sexual abuse without their consent.

"He would have us wrestle each other and then wrestle with him, which means we'd get down into our skivvies and he'd take pictures of us. He was always taking pictures," the man said. "I just remember the smell of the old Polaroid flash cubes. He would go through them like crazy."

The man received a settlement in 2007 from the archdiocese. Martinez was never charged criminally; most of his alleged abuses weren't reported until years later.

The man said Martinez always had a group of young boys around him and would take them to see R-rated movies and on group trips. One summer day, he recalled, the priest took six boys to a local amusement park, but stopped on the way at an apartment where another man lived. Martinez and the man went inside with one of the boys and left the other five in the car for several hours. When the trio came back, the boy was sobbing and didn't stop for hours.

Martinez, now 72, has a most recent address at the Oblate Mission House in Oakland, Calif. No one answered the door there and a call was not returned on Wednesday. A receptionist at a Missouri retreat home for troubled priests — another possible place where Martinez could be living — would not say if he was there.

In 2003, after a decade in at the order's California headquarters, Martinez was moved to the Oblates' offices in Washington, D.C., where he worked answering phones and in the archives. There, his files show, he was reprimanded for making off-color, sexual jokes that offended several women and, later, for looking at sexually suggestive pictures of young boys on the Internet and downloading a floppy disk filled with "references to topics dealing with the gay lifestyle." He also marched in a gay pride parade.

"I don't know who else has time to monitor him, or to what `safe' place we could assign him," the Rev. Charles Banks, the vicar provincial and director of personnel for the Oblates wrote in an exasperated memo in 2003.


Rockford, IL

#447 Aug 7, 2013

The file shows that Martinez was sent to the Missouri retreat home for troubled priests in 2005. In a psychiatric assessment dated that same year, Martinez said he hadn't had sexual contact with a child in 23 years and had learned to control his impulses. The same report notes that at age 13, Martinez sexually molested his little brother and went on to molest "about 100 male minors" — a detail also included in several others therapy evaluations in the file.

"It has not been easy to face what I did, to admit it and to talk about it with others," Martinez wrote to the order's provincial in 2006. "I have had to deal with depression, self-hatred, the inability and unwillingness to forgive myself, and the desire and tendency to isolate." CBSNEWS, 8-1-13

Rockford, IL

#448 Sep 9, 2013
Church pays $1.35 million in suit alleging Newark archbishop protected abuser in Illinois.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Peoria will pay $1.35 million to settle a lawsuit that contends Newark Archbishop John J. Myers, Peoria’s former bishop, failed to take action against a sexually abusive priest in the mid-1990s, freeing him to molest again.

The settlement, reached late last week, is to be formally announced at a press conference Tuesday afternoon outside Myers’ office in Newark, said Jeff Anderson, the alleged victim’s attorney.

Anderson also will release a transcript of Myers’ deposition in the case. The deposition had been under court seal since 2010.

Anderson represents Andrew Ward, who has accused the Rev. Thomas Maloney, now deceased, of molesting him in Illinois in 1995 and 1996, when Ward was 8.

A year earlier, a woman told the diocese Maloney sexually abused her as a child, but the priest was permitted to remain in ministry, the suit contends. Myers also failed to notify police of the allegation, Anderson said.

A spokeswoman for the Diocese of Peoria declined to comment on the settlement. Jim Goodness, a spokesman for Myers, said it was his understanding the initial allegation brought by the woman in Peoria was investigated but could not be substantiated.

Maloney, who died in 2009 at age 73, has since been accused of molesting at least three other children, Anderson said.

"The theme that emerges here is that Myers chose to protect himself and the reputation of the diocese at great peril to this child and many others," Anderson said. "That is a pattern that has emerged not just in Peoria but in Newark."

Anderson was referring to Myers’ handling of the Rev. Michael Fugee, who was criminally charged in May after The Star-Ledger reported he attended youth retreats and heard confessions from minors in violation of a law enforcement agreement barring him from such activities.

The Rev. Michael Fugee walks into court in May after his arrest on charges of violating a judicial order.

Fugee, who has since been released on bail, signed the agreement with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office in 2007 to avoid retrial on charges that he repeatedly groped a teenage boy.

The archdiocese’s vicar general at the time also signed the agreement, pledging to supervise Fugee. The vicar general, the Rev. John Doran, has since been demoted.

More recently, Myers faced criticism after the archdiocese allowed another accused molester, the Rev. Robert Chabak, to live in the rectory of an Oradell parish after his shore home was damaged during Hurricane Sandy. Parishioners at the church, which has a school and youth groups, were not informed of Chabak’s presence.

Myers served as bishop of Peoria from 1990 to 2001, when he was appointed archbishop of Newark.

Goodness has steadfastly defended Myers’ stewardship of the archdiocese through the recent months of upheaval, saying the protection of children is a top priority.

Myers has nonetheless become a frequent target of advocates for victims of clergy sexual abuse over claims he has not done enough to hold abusive priests accountable.

"The case in Peoria is a carbon copy of how he has handled things here in Newark," said Robert Hoatson, a former priest who now heads Road to Recovery, a group that aids abuse victims. "The protection of priests has been his priority, and the just treatment of victims has always been secondary."

In Illinois, Maloney allegedly abused Ward when the boy was a second-grader at Epiphany Grade School in Normal, Ill. Ward’s family filed suit in 2008.

Since then, a man and two women have provided sworn statements to Anderson, Ward’s lawyer, contending Maloney abused them as children, too, the attorney said. He said he did not know if they planned to file suit.

Ward’s parents are among those expected to speak at Tuesday's press conference. , 8-13-13

Rock Island, IL

#449 Sep 28, 2013
Priest sentenced to four years of probation

A 4th Judicial District judge sentenced Colorado Springs Catholic priest Charles Robert "Bob" Manning to four years' probation Thursday after he was convicted in July of two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Manning, who was acquitted July 3 of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old altar boy, apologized to the victim, his family, the court and the Diocese of Colorado Springs before Judge Robin Chittum handed down his sentence.

The 78-year-old who is confined to a wheelchair and uses supplemental oxygen echoed the apology just outside the courtroom.

"I'm very sorry for what I did," he said. "I'm just glad this is all over. It's been a long road."

Chittum echoed the words of one witness during the trial, saying "inappropriate, inappropriate, inappropriate" as she explained why she gave Manning the sentence that she did.

"This case is inappropriate in so many different ways," Chittum said.

Chittum considered that Manning had no prior criminal record, not even a traffic offense, as defense attorney Richard Bednarski said, when she decided probation was appropriate.

The judge added that she mulled whether to give Manning jail time along with the probation. But Chittum explained that if the 78-year-old did go to jail, all Manning would do is sit in the hospital wing and be cared for by a nurse.

"If I thought that doing something different would make this better, I would," she said.

During the trial, testimony and evidence convinced the jury that Manning was guilty of giving alcohol and marijuana to the victim and a friend.

Chittum, Manning and Bednarski each said that Manning's relationship with the victim became "inappropriate."

The boy had come to Manning "innocently," Chittum said, adding that the 16-year-old looked to Manning "for guidance, something spiritual, something bigger than himself."

"He found that in you, Father Manning," she said. "And you turned that and took that away from him."

Manning said he took his bond with the boy too far. He said what began as mentoring later became a "grandfather-grandson " relationship and called it an "improper friendship."

"It was certainly not the proper action for an adult, especially a priest," he said.

Bednarski asked for probation without jail time because of his client's deteriorating health.

The priest struggled to stand at the beginning of the trial and couldn't go without his wheelchair by Thursday's sentencing. He has been living in St. Louis at the Regina Cleri Home for retired priests. During his trips back to the high altitude of Colorado, Manning was instructed by his doctor to use supplemental oxygen.

Manning's attorney said after the sentencing that he was going to apply for the probation to be transferred out of state so the priest can return to lower elevation.

Manning and his lawyer were happy there was no jail time included in the sentence.

"It's a little longer than I would have hoped," Manning said of the four years of probation. "I doubt that I'll live long enough to serve it all." The Gazette, 9-26-13

Rockford, IL

#450 Oct 29, 2013
OH- Toledo bishop promoted to CT

Bishop Leonard Blair has done a poor job dealing with the church’s on-going child sex abuse and cover up crisis in Toledo. We are disappointed that, once again, Pope Francis has promoted a prelate who has failed to show real courage and compassion and refused to adequately protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded.

In 2010, Toledo Catholic officials kept quiet about and wanted six months to investigate alleged sexual misdeeds by a Catholic school counselor

Kevin Yeckley, a counselor and coach, admitted “periodically” hugging a girl, hiring her, working “alone for several consecutive Saturdays” with her and telling her “he was ...having uncomfortable feelings for her.”

Toledo Catholic officials admit that in March 2009, a victim told a teacher about Yeckley’s alleged misdeeds but they started to investigate in October, some six or seven months later. Delays like this endanger kids and enable predators to intimidate victims, threaten whistle blowers, discredit witnesses, destroy evidence, fabricate alibis and keep hurting children.

(According to The News-Messenger newspaper, two top chancery office staffers - Frank DiLallo and Toledo diocesan human resources director Greg Reed – met with the predator months later.

Yeckley eventually resigned his position at a school in Fremont. State officials sanctioned him for "failing to maintain appropriate student-teacher boundaries." Still, a Catholic principal (Mike Gabel) deceitfully urged a public school to hire him, putting innocent kids at risk of child sex crimes.(Gabel also just resigned. Blair refused to denounce or discipline any of the Catholic school employees who were involved.)

Blair’s irresponsible handling of this case shows Catholic officials putting their reputations and careers above the well-being of children.

Blair’s first job in Hartford should be to post the names, photos and whereabouts of every child molesting cleric on the archdiocesan website and in all parish bulletins. He should aggressively reach out to anyone who may have seen suspected or suffered crimes or cover up by the 32 publicly accused, admitted and proven Hartford area predator priests and nuns.

And he should especially beg anyone with information or suspicions about Fr. Arthur Perrault to call police. Fr. Parrault is accused of abusing at least ten boys and girls, fled the diocese in 1992 and is believed to be in hiding.

Some may be tempted to give Blair “the benefit of the doubt” in clergy sexual abuse and misconduct cases. We urge them not to. We hope Hartford citizens and Catholics will continue to act prudently and report any known or suspected clergy sex crimes and cover ups to secular officials, not church officials.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 15,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. , 10-29-13

Rockford, IL

#451 Oct 29, 2013
MN- A new pedophile priest suit accuses archbishop of cover up.

“The sitting archbishop in St. Louis (Robert Carlson) took part in covering up a case of child sexual abuse in the Twin Cities when he was an assistant bishop, attorneys for an alleged abuse victim said Tuesday after filing Minnesota’s latest clergy abuse lawsuit,” according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Carlson was “one of at least four prelates who were privy to a 1982 admission by Fr. Robert Thurner that Thurner bought liquor for a 16-year-old boy and sexually abused him. The abuse was kept secret from parishioners at St. John the Evangelist in Hopkins, where Thurner was stationed, and from parents of children at St. Joseph’s church and school in West St. Paul, where Thurner was transferred the following year. Roach appointed him associate pastor at St. Joseph’s, with no restrictions,” the Star Tribune reports.

Carlson may be deposed in the case.

We in SNAP are sad but not surprised. In St. Louis, Carlson has been secretive and reckless in clergy sex abuse and cover up cases. It should shock no one that he was back in Minnesota too.(In the recent civil and criminal abuse cases against Fr. Joseph Jiang, for example, Carlson discloses little or nothing and refuses to do outreach to other victims, witnesses and whistleblowers, even though Carlson is accused of attempted evidence tampering.)

Call 911, not Catholic officials. That’s the lesson here. , 10-29-13

Rockford, IL

#452 Dec 16, 2013
Teacher at Hales Franciscan fired for reporting abuse allegations

A former teacher at a prestigious Catholic high school on the South Side is suing the institution, claiming she was fired because she blew the whistle on an alleged sexual assault involving students.

Rochelle Daniels alleges she was wrongfully terminated from Hales Franciscan High School, at 4930 S. Cottage Grove Ave., less than one month after a female student approached her and claimed to have been sexually assaulted by two male students, according to the lawsuit filed Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court.

After the student confided to her English teacher on Oct. 31, Daniels, of Kane County, subsequently called the state’s Department of Child and Family Services, something the school’s administration did not do, the lawsuit claims.

Daniels says she was called into a meeting with Hales Franciscan principal Erica Brownfield and school president Jeffrey Gray four days later, during which time the administrators “wanted to know every detail of her conversation with the female student who was assaulted,” according to the lawsuit.

Brownfield told Daniels that she “had no right to either have any conversation with the student or to contact DCFS,” the suit claims.

The lawsuit alleges the school violated the Illinois Whistleblower Act when it fired Daniels on Nov. 18.

The lawyer for Hales Franciscan said the school has not yet been served with the lawsuit.

“Obviously Hales denies any allegations of wrongful conduct and stands by the basis for Ms. Daniels’ termination,” said Rick Hammond, an attorney with Johnson & Bell, Ltd., representing the school.“What I can say is that Hales Franciscan prides itself on the quality of its faculty, the accomplishments of its faculty and the accomplishments of its students. Whatever her allegations are, they’re unfounded allegations and I can’t comment on the basis for her reasoning.”

Her termination letter, attached to the lawsuit as evidence, cites “gross” insubordination; incitement of other employees to be insubordinate; unsatisfactory performance; and non-compliance or willfully ignoring instruction and directives given by a senior administrator.

Daniels claims in the lawsuit that one of the male students involved in the incident confirmed to her that he wrongfully touched the female student.

Illinois law states schools must contact DCFS immediately following allegations of abuse.

Police responded to the school in the Bronzeville neighborhood on Nov. 2 to look into claims that students passed around sexually explicit photos, according to a statement from Chicago Police.

School officials told authorities that some students received or distributed sexually explicit photos of a female, police said.

But one school official also told police that a more serious crime might have been committed, based on conversations with students, the police statement said.

When officers responded to the school, there was no evidence presented to police that a crime had been committed, the statement reads.

At that time, Gray said the situation involving sexually explicit photos had been dealt with internally and it was unclear why someone called the state’s child welfare agency.

“All of the parents and students were brought in on this and they were told about the downside of doing this; why they shouldn’t do things like this. Discipline was meted out; and everybody gave written statements about their involvement that they signed and we agreed to move forward,” Gray said previously, responding to an inquiry about the photos.

He made no mention of any sexual assault at the time.

Gray declined to comment on the suit when reached Thursday evening.

The two-count suit claims retaliatory discharge and interference with prospective business advantage and seeks $100,000 in damages.
Chicago Sun-Times, 12-13-13

Rockford, IL

#453 Jan 1, 2014
MN - Duluth predator priests names released.

We are glad that Bishop Sirba is releasing the names of credibly accused priests here in the Northland. Kids are safer every time a child molester is exposed. Having more names of predator priests in the news today in Duluth is a first step in transparency, outreach to victims and support for them. But this is a first step, and we hope Bishop Sirba will open and release files and documents that tell where and when alleged abuse took place, and the actions that the Bishops did or didn’t take. With the release of these predator priests, we also hope the bishop includes photos of these clerics as well as their history.

When I filed my lawsuit against the Duluth Diocese and it made the news, other victims of Fr. John Nickelson called me saying they thought they were the only ones he molested. This information should never have been kept secret.

Just this week, we learned about former priest Harry Walsh a credibly accused child molester. He was never disciplined by the Twin Cities archbishop and was – until a week or so ago - working with troubled teens and vulnerable adults in Wright County here in Minnesota teaching sex education. Think about that! A child molester who was never disciplined by Catholic officials teaching sex ed to trouble kids and vulnerable adults with no warning given to his county by the diocese. Walsh’s past crimes were kept secret until outed by a former victim of his.

For the church to move forward, it’s important that all this information come out to learn how to never repeat it so Catholic officials can better protect kids right now. Still, we hope today's disclosure will prod others who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes or cover ups in Minnesota to step forward, call police, expose wrongdoers, protect kids and start healing.

As a SNAP member and volunteer, I urge victims of these priests to contact us for support. So many victims carry this secret their whole lives and talk about how it causes them depression and shame. This shame and depression can cause substance abuse, relationship problems and even suicide as one of Northland victim did. We have a support group that meets monthly here in the Northland and telling your story sometimes for the first time to anyone is very healing. I urge victims to contact SNAP at .

Verne Wagner/SNAP Network, 12-31-13

East Moline, IL

#454 Jan 15, 2014
The following Archdiocesan priests are no longer in public ministry because an allegation
of sexual misconduct with a minor has been substantiated. The list includes priests against whom
there have been substantiated allegations since 1950.

The allegations were substantiated by the Archdiocese's Review Process for Continuation
of Ministry administered by the Professional Responsibility Review Board. Prior to the creation
of the Review Board in 1992, allegations were substantiated by administrative review. None of
the priests are in ministry.

An allegation is deemed to be substantiated if there is reasonable cause to believe that
abuse occurred. This determination follows a process of consultation and is not a legal judgment.

Deceased priests who did not have an opportunity to respond to an allegation before they
died are not included on the list.

Every effort has been made to make sure that the list is accurate. Questions about the list
should be in writing and directed to the Office of the Chancellor, Archdiocese of Chicago, P.O.
Box 1979, Chicago, IL 60690.

Baranowski, Alexander Sylvester 5/3/1955 Laicized 8/1976
Bartz, Richard Barry 5/8/1974 Resigned 6/2002
Becker, Robert Charles 4/29/1965 Deceased 10/1989
Bennett, Joseph R. 4/26/1966 Removed from Public Ministry 2/3/2006
Bogdan, Leonard Adolph 5/3/1960 Retired from Diocese of Kalamazoo 6/2000
Bowman, Robert Peter 5/3/1955 Deceased 4/2011
Braun, David Francis 5/5/1954 Deceased 12/1997
Buck, Daniel Peter 5/12/1971 Removed from Public Ministry 6/2002
Burns, Eugene Patrick 5/3/1955 Deceased 1/2005
Calicott, John Walter 5/8/1974 Laicized 9/2009
Cloutier, William J. 5/14/1975 Deceased 8/2003
Craig, Robert 5/8/1974 Laicized 10/2009
Curran, John William 5/3/1957 Deceased 3/2000

Archdiocesan Priests with Substantiated Allegations of Sexual Misconduct with Minors
(Includes living current and former priests and deceased priests who were able to respond to the allegations
before they died).

SNAP Network, 1-14-14

East Moline, IL

#455 Jan 15, 2014
Czajka, Norman J. 5/1/1961 Removed from Public Ministry 4/2006
DeRoeck, Walter George 5/12/1971 Laicized 1/2002
Dilla, Francis Emil 5/1/1953 Deceased 2/2005
Fassbinder, Richard Wayne 5/1/1953 Deceased 5/2004
Fitzharris, Joseph L. 4/28/1962 Laicized 5/2009
Flosi, James Vincent 5/12/1971 Laicized 10/2010
Friese, Robert 5/10/1978 Laicized 7/1987
Garza, Jesus P. 5/9/1979 Resigned 7/2000
Hagan, James Craig 5/8/1974 Laicized 4/2010
Hefferan, John Edward 5/1/1956 Removed from Public Ministry 10/2003
Hoder, James 5/14/1975 Laicized 12/2009
Hogan, Michael J. 5/19/1984 Resigned 7/1993
Holihan, Daniel Mark 5/3/1957 Laicized 7/2010
Huppenbauer, Walter Edward 5/3/1957 Laicized 8/2010
Job, Thomas 5/13/1970 Laicized 6/2010
Kealy, Robert Louis 5/10/1972 Resigned 4/2006
Keehan, John James 4/27/1967 Removed from Public Ministry 6/2002
Keough, John Joseph 5/1/1952 Laicized 11/2008
Kissane, Joseph Patrick 5/14/1969 Deceased 4/2011
Kmak, Leonard Paul 5/7/1959 Deceased 7/2002
Lupo, William L. 4/29/1965 Resigned 12/2002
Maday, Norbert J. 4/30/1964 Laicized 12/2007
Maloney, Edward 5/3/1955 Removed from Public Ministry 5/2009
Mayer, Robert E. 4/30/1964 Laicized 7/2010
McCaffrey, Vincent 5/10/1978 Laicized 7/2010
McCormack, Daniel J. 5/21/1994 Laicized 11/2007

East Moline, IL

#456 Jan 15, 2014
McDonald, Robert Joseph 5/9/1973 Resigned 6/1990
McNamara, Peter John 6/6/1970 Laicized 11/1972
Mulsoff, Donald John 5/14/1969 Deceased 11/2005
O'Brien, William John 5/9/1973 Laicized 7/2006
Owens, Joseph 4/29/1965 Laicized 4/1971
Ray, James M. 5/14/1975 Resigned 3/2009
Robinson, John Allen 5/12/1971 Removed from Public Ministry 1/2003
Rohrich, John F. 4/29/1965 Resigned 6/1975
Romano, Russell Lawrence 5/9/1973 Laicized 5/2009
Ruge, Kenneth Charles 5/1/1963 Deceased 5/2002
Savage, Joseph E. 3/16/1918 Deceased 6/1974
Skriba, Raymond Francis 5/3/1957 Removed from Public Ministry 7/2002
Snieg, Marion Joseph 5/3/1955 Deceased 6/2005
Steel, James R. 5/2/1968 Laicized 3/2001
Stepek, Robert A. 5/13/1981 Removed from Public Ministry 11/4/2006
Stewart, Victor E. 5/10/1978 Deceased 6/1994
Strand, Ralph S. 4/30/1964 Removed from Public Ministry 3/1993
Swade, Thomas J. 5/1/1961 Laicized 10/2009
Swider, Henry Peter 5/3/1950 Deceased 8/2007
Tanghal, Albert 5/18/1991 Deceased 12/2003
Theisen, Richard Gregory 5/1/1952 Laicized 4/2001
Thomas, Joseph S. 5/1/1952
Retired/Removed from Public Ministry
Turlo, Walter Joseph 5/13/1970 Laicized 10/2009
Ulatowski, Donald Francis 5/1/1956 Deceased 6/1999
Vader, Anthony Joseph 5/1/1952 Deceased 7/2011
Weston, Michael Howard 5/9/1973 Laicized 10/2009

East Moline, IL

#457 Jan 15, 2014
Vatican - Financially corrupt prelates are ousted, but morally complicit prelates remain.

The Pope made another move today to purportedly ‘clean up’ the Vatican bank.

It may seem like an odd question, but does Pope Francis care more about money than children? He pushes out church officials who are allegedly complicit with financial misdeeds but not those complicit with sex crime cover ups.

He gently moves aside a few bishops who are too stern in their demeanor or too ostentatious in their dress. But he won’t act against bishops who are too close to child molesting clerics, too reckless with kids’ safety or too callous toward wounded victims.

The well-being of vulnerable children should trump the re-organization of church finances.

Fewer Catholics leave due to monetary scandals. More leave due to child sex scandals. Any “reform” efforts should start there.

Pope Francis has spoken several times about his priorities – a focus on the poor, priests close to their flocks, a dedication to service instead of careerism. But by neglecting the clergy sex abuse and cover up crisis, the Pope is revealing that his priorities need re-alignment too.

SNAP Network, 1-15-14

Pecatonica, IL

#458 Jan 16, 2014
Esto es muy agradable y buena, pero estadísticamente un niño es aún más probable a ser abusada por un familiar o un amigo de la familia que por un sacerdote. Abuso por parte de sacerdotes, según datos de la estadística de crímenes federales e información de la Agencia de salud y servicios humanos, menos del uno por ciento de todos los casos de abuso. El sistema escolar público tiene un problema de abuso sexual mucho más grande. Cabe señalar que los administradores a menudo moverá los abusadores de una escuela a otra.
Este subproceso concreto es una especie de envejecer. El tema aquí no tiene nada que ver con el artículo original. Este individuo simplemente reporta más viejas noticias e información antigua. Tal vez haciendo un trabajo - o mejor - una vida, sería una buena opción para él o ella.

Englewood, CO

#459 Jan 19, 2014
I think adults who take advantage of children and sexually exploit them by using their power of position of trust should be shot directly in the head.<br>
Sending them off to some "retired priest country club" because they are old and "frail" is total BS!<br>
If they are healthy and competent enough to buy liquor, weed, and "HAVE SEX" with a vulnerable CHILD, then they are healthy enough to sit in a F'n JAIL CELL !!!<br>
Shame on him, shame on the Judge, and shame on the system. You have ALL failed that child, society, and humankind.<br>
Mr. Manning, you are truly a POS and I hope there is a G** and I hope he makes you suffer as much as you made that child suffer to "repent for your sins"<br>
nOgOd wrote:
‘Just Following Orders’ Is No Excuse. Part Two.
One important point on the side of the archdiocese is why should the Milwaukee archdiocese—and previously the archdioceses of Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and other cities—be on the hook to pay for sex crimes and subsequent cover-ups that were known and covered up under policies explicitly directed by two immediate past CEOs of the world’s richest multinational religious corporation? That would be Pope John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
But until attorney Jeff Anderson, the crusading lawyer representing hundreds of victims, can overcome all the legal obstacles to expand the case to reach those international kingpins, it’s the flunkies at the local archdioceses who are being hung out to dry.
“Just following orders” is no excuse for illegal actions. But pretending the pope and the Vatican weren’t directing every action by local church officials is totally dishonest, as confirmed over and over in the church documents.
Dishonesty begets dishonesty. The Vatican pretends it’s not responsible for crimes committed at its direction and through its negligence to protect the enormous wealth of the church worldwide.
To protect its own wealth (note what’s consistently most important), the Milwaukee archdiocese pretends legally that many of its priests aren’t really its priests and that millions of dollars in property and funds within the archdiocese don’t really belong to the archdiocese.
The archdiocese claims with a straight face that many of the priests who work in churches, schools and other jobs aren’t really priests of the archdiocese. So the archdiocese shouldn’t be liable for any of the crimes they may have committed.
So did these guys just wander in off the street and start celebrating Mass, hearing confessions and teaching classes? Well, no. But they work for different religious orders such as the Capuchins, Jesuits or Franciscans.
So don’t come whining to the archdiocese about their sex crimes just because crimes by religious order priests were included in archdiocese settlements elsewhere.
Even the archdiocese has trouble keeping its stories straight. For years, it warned parishioners it might have to sell the Cousins Center, the lakefront headquarters of the archdiocese, to settle abuse claims.
Since filing for bankruptcy, however, the archdiocese decided it doesn’t own the Cousins Center and tried to remove the property from its financial assets. It now claims the expensive property is owned by the board of a high school seminary that no longer exists.
Hey, it’s worth a try. Hard to believe, but church attorneys actually succeeded in removing the assets of more than 200 parish churches and schools by claiming they weren’t legally part of the archdiocese. Funny—Catholics always thought they were.
Mere legal fictions may pale next to the thousands of horrendous crimes against children committed over decades.
But self-appointed moral authorities shouldn’t violate their own God’s commandment against bearing false witness just to protect something so cheap and meaningless as their worldly riches. express Milwaukee, 7-10-13

Englewood, CO

#460 Jan 19, 2014
I think adults who take advantage of children and sexually exploit them by using their power of position of trust should be shot directly in the head.

Sending them off to some "retired priest country club" because they are old and "frail" is total BS!<br>

If they are healthy and competent enough to buy liquor, weed, and "HAVE SEX" with a vulnerable CHILD, then they are healthy enough to sit in a F'n JAIL CELL !!!<br>

Shame on him, shame on the Judge, and shame on the system. You have ALL failed that child, society, and humankind.<br>
Mr. Manning, you are truly a POS and I hope there is a G** and I hope he makes you suffer as much as you made that child suffer to "repent for your sins"<br>

Englewood, CO

#461 Jan 19, 2014
I think adults who take advantage of children and sexually exploit them by using their power of position of trust should be shot directly in the head.<br>
Sending them off to some "retired priest country club" because they are old and "frail" is total BS!<br>
If they are healthy and competent enough to buy liquor, weed, and "HAVE SEX" with a vulnerable CHILD, then they are healthy enough to sit in a F'n JAIL CELL !!!<br>
Shame on him, shame on the Judge, and shame on the system. You have ALL failed that child, society, and humankind.<br>
Mr. Manning, you are truly a POS and I hope there is a G** and I hope he makes you suffer as much as you made that child suffer to "repent for your sins"<br>


Freeport, IL

#462 Feb 13, 2014
La iglesia católica ha hecho una muy buena tarea en la protección de las víctimas de abusos, pero también en el manejo de los casos de abuso. La ocurrencia del abuso sacerdotal permanece en menos del 1% de todos los informes de abuso al año. Los medios de comunicación hace sonar como si cada movimiento con respecto a cualquier caso es una nueva acusación. Eso simplemente no es el caso.
Es indiscutible que ninguna otra organización en el mundo entero viene cerca de aplicación de las medidas que ha tomado la iglesia católica con el fin de garantizar la protección de los niños. En los Estados Unidos, la Iglesia Católica tiene:
instituyó una política de "tolerancia cero" en el cual cualquier sacerdote creíblemente acusado es retirado del Ministerio y aplicación de la ley se notifica;
entrenado más 5 millones niños en darles los conocimientos y habilidades para protegerlos de los abusos;
entrenó a más 2 millones de adultos, incluyendo 99 por ciento de todos los sacerdotes, en el reconocimiento de señales de abuso;
realizó más de 2 millones de antecedentes, incluyendo aquellas en el proceso de selección intensificada por los seminaristas y aspirantes al sacerdocio;
instalado "Víctima coordinadores de asistencia" en cada diócesis, "asegurando que las víctimas que se escuchará";
llevaron a cabo auditorías anuales independientes de todas las diócesis para vigilar el cumplimiento de la carta de 2002 innovadora para la protección de los niños y jóvenes;
instituido en cada diócesis un comités de revisión de abuso – generalmente compuesta por expertos en bienestar infantil, psicólogos infantiles y expertos en abuso – para examinar las reclamaciones de abuso.
Sin duda, la iglesia católica en el siglo XXI es el modelo para otras instituciones seguir en la salvaguardia de la juventud. Sin embargo este hecho nunca es mencionado por los medios de comunicación.
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