Nun who taught in Chicago pleads no contest to abuse

A Sister of Mercy nun who taught in Chicago-area Catholic schools for more than three decades has pleaded no contest to two counts of indecent behavior with a child. Full Story
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Philip

Dearborn, MI

#1 Nov 12, 2007
This women should be treated the same as her male counterparts who commited similar crimes against our children.
Mike

Indianapolis, IN

#2 Nov 12, 2007
I'm sure those two "boys" are coming forward after 40 years because there is CASH at the end of this rainbow.

Follow the money.
Wondering

United States

#4 Nov 12, 2007
Philip wrote:
This women should be treated the same as her male counterparts who commited similar crimes against our children.
Wouldn't that mean it should get swept under the rug and hidden?
JoAnn DelCoiro

Scranton, PA

#5 Nov 12, 2007
Not so far from here.........
MinisterP

Oak Forest, IL

#6 Nov 12, 2007
Mike wrote:
I'm sure those two "boys" are coming forward after 40 years because there is CASH at the end of this rainbow.
Follow the money.
Does that really change the fact that she might be a pedophile? I know I know the 1000's of similar cases are all lies.
Eric

United States

#7 Nov 12, 2007
In Illinois there is an extended statute of limitations for child abuse. Could be the same in Wisc.
Dan

Schaumburg, IL

#8 Nov 12, 2007
Mike wrote:
I'm sure those two "boys" are coming forward after 40 years because there is CASH at the end of this rainbow.
Follow the money.
Yeah Mike, the fact that it may have traumatized the victims and psychologically affected them to such an extent that only now as older adults(probably therapy induced)can they deal with it, has nothing to do with the 35 year gap.

Wake up to the fact that the Catholic church is a corrput sydicate that does nothing but shuffle their pedophile pervert priests and nuns from one parish to another, rather then address the underlying cause of priests and nuns becoming perverts...the UNNATURAL "rule" of celibacy.

You should be more angered at the HYPOCRISY of the Catholic church...
MIke P 89128

United States

#9 Nov 12, 2007
Went to St Catherine of Siena in Oak Park 1949-1951.Don't remember her,if she was even there at the time.What I do remember is my having an English accent since Dad was stationed overseas and I lived with Mom and my Grandparents in Yorkshire.Think you can imagine the scene when this kid with a Yorkshire accent appeared amongst a bunch of Irish immigrant nuns.Think Easter Uprising 1916 Dublin.
bill p

Pittsburgh, PA

#10 Nov 12, 2007
God, that's disgusting. I went to Catholic school in the 50's and 60's and all of our nuns were great teachers. None exhibited sexual anything, Yuck. I think that's why they became nuns. Lesbians? Hey who knows or cares. My skin is still crawling!
Phil

Schaumburg, IL

#11 Nov 12, 2007
I agree totally with Dan. Nothing will ever change with these perverts unless real punishment is delivered or the celibacy "rule" is lifted. Until that happens the only other short term fix I see is to enlist the help of Chris Hansen of Dateline NBC: "To Catch a Nun".
Nora

United States

#12 Nov 12, 2007
First off, she was my principal. She was a very sweet woman, and as I look back on it, I couldn't imagine her doing such things. Second off, the men that she once violated may have waited to come forward, but I ask you this; if this were you as a young child, how strong could you be to claim that an authority figure was in the wrong. I have always been taught to never undermine authority and I couldn't imagine being in a situation like this one.
Biff

Marshall, MN

#13 Nov 12, 2007
Maybe if this woman had been allowed to marry and have an active sex life, like the woman who run my grade school in Glenview, this would not have happened.
Kathyb

Forest City, NC

#14 Nov 12, 2007
I remember her from High School. She was very intimidating! But I guess because it was an all girl school we never saw any untoward behaviour.
Katie

Elmhurst, IL

#15 Nov 12, 2007
This is a very complicated issue, and we all have to be careful about making blanket statements on either side of the it. I have learned that I knew a pedophile priest (now deceased) who came to our home many, many times. I have talked to my brothers about it, and we are all shocked when he was accused, but believe it may have happened. Nonetheless, I do agree the Church gravely mishandled these cases. On the other hand, our beloved Joseph Cardinal Bernardin was accused, and then absolved of charges. So accused is not guilty. But, these charges must be investigated thoroughly and not swept under the carpet.

Let us also remember that Catholic clergy are, by no means, not the only abusers. In fact, statistically, pedophiles are often married. There have been a number of clergy from other denominations accused, scout leaders, non-clerical teachers (how about that young woman that just took her middle school student to Mexico), relatives, neighbors, and others with easy access to children, often holding an authority role.

Clearly, we need to help those already abused. We also need to find some way, as a society, to stop this from happening. How? I wish I knew.
Vinny

Brinkhaven, OH

#18 Nov 12, 2007
I am not surprised by many of these stories of abuse within the Catholic Church. Jesus Himself said, "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." John 15:5

God also says in His Word that your sin will find you out:

Numbers 32:23
"But if you fail to do this, you will be sinning against the LORD; and you may be sure that your sin will find you out."

However, I am amazed at some of the posted comments--as if money was some kind of motive in exposing any wrong-doing. What about truth?

Psalm 32:5
Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD " and you forgave the guilt of my sin.

Jeremiah 3:25
"Let us lie down in our shame, and let our disgrace cover us. We have sinned against the LORD our God, both we and our fathers; from our youth till this day we have not obeyed the LORD our God."

None of these children wanted to be exposed to false teaching, immoral corruption, or perverse sexual sins. A lot of these behaviors start from a sinful nature and a wrong concept of who God really is--no real grace, no real biblical truth, no real mercy, no real redemption--no changed lives--just external religious performance--hypocrisy at it's finest.

If you don't believe me, just read your Bibles--start with the book of John and Romans.

In the mid-80's when our local Chicago parish Priest was finally indicted for sexually abusing children across many states--he was put behind bars for 20 years. There were no monies involved for the many victims left in his path--or words of remorse or healing. In fact, this man was upset at trial because he was getting such a severe sentence--his defense before the Court was, "I only masturbated the boys".

With all his extra-curricular activities, this man must have overlooked these cross-referenced words of Jesus during his Bible studies:

Matthew 18:6
"But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea."

Mark 9:42
[ Causing to Sin ] "And if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck.

Luke 17:2
"It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin."
abcd

Des Plaines, IL

#20 Nov 12, 2007
I don't care what anyone says, there is no way you can compare a woman having sexual relations with a boy to a man having sexual relations with a little girl.
Jeez...even comedians joke on air about how they wish that someone like Debra LaFave wanted to do it with them when they were boys!
That being said, when I was a young girl I was molested many times by a male babysitter who lived in our neighborhood. I never told anyone about it and even if there were cash at the end of that rainbow for me I wouldn't go aftet it.
This was over 30 years ago for me, and I am doing just fine. I am sure that it affected me in
many ways but it's in the past. There is nothing that I would accomplish now by bringing charges.
This old nun is almost 80 years old for crying out loud, what do they hope to accomplish?
Not that I have anything nice to say about nuns either.I went to Catholic school for 12 years and I never met a good nun. They were all horrible, miserable women, but as far as I know they were not into having sex with children.
just me

Beech Grove, IN

#22 Nov 12, 2007
to Dan's post(and a few others): I agree with everything you said except for one thing. Being celibate doesn't cause anyone to get turned on by children. Being a sick abuser does that. If being celibate makes nuns & priests want to have sex even more, why don't they just have sex with each other? If they were normal, they'd want to have sex with another ADULT, not a child.

Also, there are priests and nuns who do no molest children, and they are also celibate.

But everything else I agree with, the Catholic church has way too many hypocrites, teaching to love the Lord and pray and live a good life, while at the same time moving an abusing clergyperson to another parish away from the abused child, and not helping the abused child a bit. Hush, hush, god forbid anyone find out.
themadtrader

Frankfort, IL

#23 Nov 12, 2007
Katie wrote:
... So accused is not guilty. But, these charges must be investigated thoroughly and not swept under the carpet.
Agreed, accused is not guilty. But accused and pleading "no contest" is GUILTY AS SIN!
OLDDAD

Dothan, AL

#24 Nov 12, 2007
WHEN IS THIS GARBAGE GOING TO END?? It just seems a little funny. a woman who served both God and children through her whole life. She has been ruined because the Church has deep pockets. I feel sorry for any child that has been molested. However it seems that all these so- called victims want is money not justice.
Ashley

Evanston, IL

#25 Nov 12, 2007
Vinny wrote:
Matthew 18:6
"But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea."
Wow, am I glad I read the King James Version of the Bible:

"But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea."

Sorry, whatever that priest did, he did not *make* innocent children sin. The sin was all his. God certainly knows better than to make someone guilty for something they were forced to do.

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