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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nOgOd

Rockford, IL

#326 May 25, 2012
Void of Reality, here is one I know you can relate to!

Gordon Yeboah, 20, Abesim, GHA: Unnatural carnal knowledge. Yeboah, founder of Holy Spirit Fellowship Church, was arrested for having sex with a pregnant sheep after passersby heard loud bleating and saw Yeboah naked from the waist down behind the animal, police said.

ghananation.com , 2-13-12
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Actually, not, I was just stating that you did not see to stay true to what you first stated. If you were going to concentrate on catholics, why did you respond to a non catholic statement? Doofus.

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#328 May 29, 2012
That's nice. Did that thought just come to you today?

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#330 Jun 22, 2012
A Roman Catholic church official was convicted Friday of child endangerment but acquitted of conspiracy in a groundbreaking clergy-abuse trial, becoming the first U.S. church official convicted of a crime for how he handled abuse claims.

Monsignor William Lynn helped the archdiocese keep predators in ministry, and the public in the dark, by telling parishes their priest was being removed for health reasons and then sending the men to unsuspecting churches, prosecutors said.

Lynn, 61, had faced about 19 to 20 years in prison if convicted of all three counts he faced - conspiracy and two counts of child endangerment. He was convicted on one of the endangerment counts, leaving him with the possibility of up to seven years in prison.

The jury began deliberating earlier this month after hearing 10 weeks of testimony in a trial that re-focused attention on the broader sex abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church, costing billions in settlements, driving prominent U.S. dioceses into bankruptcy and testing the faith of Roman Catholics.

In this case, Lynn's job was supervising 800 priests, including investigating sex abuse claims, from 1992 to 2004, in the nation's sixth largest Archdiocese, with 1.5 million members.

Lynn was on trial with Rev. James Brennan. Brennan, 49, was charged with the attempted rape of a 14-year-old boy in 1996, along with child endangerment.

In Brennan's case, the jury remained deadlocked on one count of attempted rape and another count of endangering the welfare of a child, NBC10.com reported.

Brennan did not testify during the trial, while Lynn spent three days on the witness stand saying that he did what he could to stop molestation by clergy but that he was only doing his job when he reassigned suspected clergy.

On cross-examination, Lynn acknowledged that he had not helped the 10-year-old altar boy raped by the Rev. Edward Avery in 1999, seven years after Lynn met with another Avery accuser.

"And I'm sorry about that," Lynn said.

Avery is in prison after admitting the crime.

One of the key exhibits was a gray folder found in a locked safe at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The folder contains a list of 35 suspected predator-priests -- and was compiled by Lynn in 1994. At least one priest on the list was a parish pastor until this year.

Lynn, the former secretary for clergy, testified that he created the list from secret church files containing hundreds of child sex-abuse complaints. He said he hoped Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua and other superiors would address the growing crisis.

It's unclear who put the surviving copy of Lynn's list in the safe. Lynn denied doing so, or owning the safe. The gray file was found when the safe was smashed open in 2006, two years after Lynn left his archdiocese job. A in-house lawyer said he put the gray folder in his files in 2006 without realizing the list -- sought by a grand jury in 2004 -- was inside.

A new team of lawyers for the archdiocese turned it over to prosecutors in early February, days after Bevilacqua died. Lynn's trial started March 26.

The jury heard from more than a dozen alleged victims, including a nun, a former priest and a series of troubled adults.

Lynn said he did more than his colleagues to help victims and advance the church's response to both accusers and the accused priest, who were often sent for evaluation or treatment before transfers to new, unsuspecting parishes. Lynn said that only Bevilacqua had the power to remove priests from ministry.

But prosecutors say Lynn could have quit or called police. Instead, he stayed in the job for 12 years -- and acknowledged he never once contacted authorities. NBC10.com , 6-22-12
nOgOd

Rockford, IL

#331 Jul 7, 2012
2 PHILLY PRIESTS REMOVED AFTER ABUSE INQUIRY

PHILADELPHIA - Two Roman Catholic priests will be permanently barred from ministry after the Philadelphia archdiocese substantiated allegations of inappropriate conduct.

Archbishop Charles Chaput said the two substantiated cases involved undisclosed "boundary" or "behavioral" problems, not sexual assaults.

Chaput also said Friday that four other suspended priests will return to ministry after allegations against them were found to be unsubstantiated. Another 12 cases remain under review.

Priests removed from ministry can agree to serve a life of prayer and penance in a church-run facility. Some might agree to leave the priesthood, while others may be laicized after a church trial. The priests can also appeal.

The announcement comes exactly two weeks after a former church official in Philadelphia was convicted on child-endangerment charges for his handling of abuse complaints. Associated Press, 7-6-12

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#332 Jul 8, 2012
nOgOd wrote:
2 PHILLY PRIESTS REMOVED AFTER ABUSE INQUIRY
PHILADELPHIA - Two Roman Catholic priests will be permanently barred from ministry after the Philadelphia archdiocese substantiated allegations of inappropriate conduct.
Archbishop Charles Chaput said the two substantiated cases involved undisclosed "boundary" or "behavioral" problems, not sexual assaults.
Chaput also said Friday that four other suspended priests will return to ministry after allegations against them were found to be unsubstantiated. Another 12 cases remain under review.
Priests removed from ministry can agree to serve a life of prayer and penance in a church-run facility. Some might agree to leave the priesthood, while others may be laicized after a church trial. The priests can also appeal.
The announcement comes exactly two weeks after a former church official in Philadelphia was convicted on child-endangerment charges for his handling of abuse complaints. Associated Press, 7-6-12
The church had no problem placing homeless kids with Fr. Bruce Ritter and Covenant House tho, did they? And he was one of the biggest child molesters of all. What a screwed up "religion".
nOgOd

Rockford, IL

#333 Jul 9, 2012
They are ALL screwed up!
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The church had no problem placing homeless kids with Fr. Bruce Ritter and Covenant House tho, did they? And he was one of the biggest child molesters of all. What a screwed up "religion".

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#334 Jul 9, 2012
Sherlayne wrote:
<quoted text>The church had no problem placing homeless kids with Fr. Bruce Ritter and Covenant House tho, did they? And he was one of the biggest child molesters of all. What a screwed up "religion".
CoSign.
nOgOd

Rockford, IL

#335 Jul 15, 2012
ABUSES PUBLICITY SPURS REVAMP OF LEGION OF CHRIST GIRLS SCHOOLS

Vatican City - The troubled Legion of Christ religious order says it is revamping a specialized high school program for teenage girls after dozens of alumni denounced psychological abuses they say they endured that resulted in eating disorders, stress-induced ailments and depression.

The Legion's lay branch, Regnum Christi, posted a statement on its website Thursday outlining the changes after The Associated Press reported that 77 alumni had written to the Vatican calling for the program in the U.S., Mexico and Spain to be closed because of the harm done to them in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Girls in the program now have more contact with their families, more exposure to the "realities of the world," more freedom from rigorous work schedules and, for the first time, assistance in getting into college, the statement said. Many of these changes began some time ago, but some are more recent.

The problems in the program are the latest blow to the troubled, CULT-LIKE Legion, which was discredited in 2009 when it revealed that founder Marcial Maciel was a PEDOPHILE and DRUG ADDICT who fathered three children. The Legion suffered subsequent credibility problems in its recent admission that its most famous priest had fathered a child and the Legion superior COVERED IT UP FOR YEARS. Associated Press, 7-14-12

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#336 Jul 19, 2012
Married with children wrote:
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CoSign.
Huh?

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#337 Jul 19, 2012
Sherlayne wrote:
<quoted text>Huh?
CoSign just means I am agreeing with your statement.
nOgOd

Rockford, IL

#338 Jul 31, 2012
PENN STATE CASE BAD, BUT CHURCH SEX ABUSE WORSE

I didn't have much sympathy for people who complained about the punishment the NCAA doled out to Penn State, until I discovered how an even larger institution in the Keystone State has escaped punishment for shielding dozens of pedophiles in its midst.

In June, Jerry Sandusky, a longtime assistant football coach at Penn State, was found guilty of raping and sodomizing 10 young boys. Top university officials were told of Sandusky's deviant behavior years earlier and did nothing to stop him. They, apparently, were more worried about the damage that exposing him would do to the school's reputation than the harm he was doing to his victims.

For its inaction, Penn State on July 23 was fined $60 million, its football team was banned from post-season play for four years and the games it won from 1998 through 2011 - the span of time during which university officials were aware of Sandusky's pedophilia and looked the other way - were wiped off the record books.

The next day, an even more troubling case of child sex abuse - given that so many more predators were involved - played out in a Philadelphia courtroom without any hint that justice would reach beyond a low-level official of that city's Catholic archdiocese.

Monsignor William Lynn was sentenced to three to six years in prison for covering up the actions of pedophile priests he was supposed to root out of the church. Instead, he sent them to unsuspecting parishes where other sexual assaults took place - an action his lawyers said was ordered by Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, who headed Philadelphia's archdiocese from 1988 to 2003. He died in January.

In 2011, a grand jury said it had "no doubt that (Bevilacqua's) knowing and deliberate actions during his tenure as archbishop also endangered thousands of children in the Philadelphia Archdiocese." Lynn, it said, was carrying out Bevilacqua's policies exactly as he directed. But Bevilacqua, who was in poor health, was not indicted along with his aide.

According to that grand jury report - and another in 2003 and 2005 - the Philadelphia archdiocese's coverup of pedophile priests started before Bevilacqua became its leader and lasted after he was replaced.

So why hasn't it been penalized in some way for its bad acts - for sending pedophile priests to counseling instead of turning them in to the cops? Why hasn't its tax-exempt status been revoked for a number of years? That might be a real deterrent against a repeat of such harmful indifference in Philadelphia and elsewhere.

But the Philadelphia archdiocese is not likely to suffer the same fate as Penn State, even though three grand juries found it left pedophile priests free to prey upon children for years after church officials became aware of them. That's because saving the church from scorn was more important to them than protecting children from those monsters.

"As powerful as Penn State officials are, their power pales before the power of the Catholic hierarchy," David Clohessy, director and spokesman for the Survivor's Network of those Abused by Priests, told me. "When sex abuse happens in a religious setting, many people back away. I think a degree of fatigue has set it."

I hope for the sake of the children who were abused, and those who might be victimized in the future if nothing is done, that what happened in Philadelphia will produce enough outrage to force the archdiocese there - like Penn State - to pay a hefty price for its indifference to the sexual abuse of children. DeWayne Wickham/USATODAY, 7-31-12

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#339 Aug 1, 2012
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CoSign.
They don't take into consideration that straight couples produce gays. There is nothing wrong with a loving gay couple adopting children. They've shown how much they "protect" kids (sarcasm).

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#340 Aug 4, 2012
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<quoted text>They don't take into consideration that straight couples produce gays. There is nothing wrong with a loving gay couple adopting children. They've shown how much they "protect" kids (sarcasm).
it's sad. Children need love. And you are right. What do they know about protecting children.

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DeKalb, IL

#341 Aug 7, 2012
This is sort of an ancient thread. The foster care was on onepart of which Catholic Charities was contracted through the State of Illinois. But as one might imagine a large part of their work. One very sad aspect of this is the fact that the State is overwhelmed with foster cases.

With an increase in child abuse and neglect, there is a shortage of foster families. Without Catholic Charities a greater burden falls on the limited resourses of the State.

Catholic Charities continues to provide emergency shelter for abused and neglected chidren, but this is only short term.

This is all sort of complex, and for the children it would be nice to have a resolution.

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#342 Aug 7, 2012
The Catholic Diocese of Orange, CA, settled a lawsuit for $2 million to end a lawsuit alleging former Msgr. Michael Harris molested the plaintiff in 1986 or 1987 when Harris was principal of Mater Del High School in Santa Ana.

"John Doe," 41, alleges Harris called him into his office to give him a citizenship award and a rosary blessed by the pope and then orally copulated him to finish off the ceremony. A claim against Harris will be dropped because he is insolvent. Orange County Register, 6-19-12
nOgOd

Rockford, IL

#343 Aug 7, 2012
A jury awarded Wisconsin brothers Troy and Todd Merryfield $700,000 between them in a suit against the Diocese of Green Bay alleging Catholic priest John Feeney molested them as children when he was pastor at St. Nicholas Church in Freedom. Feeney was convicted in 2004 for the assaults and has served his prison sentence. Post-Crescent, 5-21-12
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Rockford, IL

#344 Aug 8, 2012
FR. Joseph Byrne, Falmouth, MA, was suspended pending a probe by the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston of sex abuse allegations dating to the early 1970s. Byrne received 5 years' probation for embezzling in 2005 for stealing $135,000 from Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted parish. Boston Globe, 5-28-12
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#345 Aug 8, 2012
Donald Buzanowski, 69, a former Catholic priest at Sts. Peter and Paul parish in Green Bay, WI, will be permitted to live in a state-run transitional living facility. Buzanowski was released after serving 6 years in prison for sexual assault of a child. The Green Bay Sex Offender Residence Board at first denied his request but later granted it. Press-Gazette, 6-17-12
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Rockford, IL

#346 Aug 8, 2012
Daniel Valentine, 63, Sewickley, PA: Valentine, pastor of St. James Catholic Church, was put ON LEAVE during an investigation of his Facebook posts. A family came to the diocese "and expressed deep concern about a posting on Facebook to one of their minor children. Having heard it, we determined that it should be turned over to the district attorney's office," said Fr. Ronald Lengwin, diocesan spokesman. The diocese requested a forensic audit of church computers. Post-Gazette, 5-30-12
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#348 Aug 16, 2012
Andrew J. Urbaniak, 39, Boston: Possesion and dissemination of child pornography. Urbaniak, pastor of Our Lady of Czestochowa Catholic Church, is accused of accessing porn showing girls as young as 8 on a computer in the rectory and has been put on ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE. When police with a search warrant came to the rectory, his computer was downloading porn, a prosecutor said. Boston Herald, 8-1-12

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