Nun who taught in Chicago pleads no c...

Nun who taught in Chicago pleads no contest to abuse

There are 63 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Nov 12, 2007, titled Nun who taught in Chicago pleads no contest to abuse. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

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.

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Anon

United States

#26 Nov 12, 2007
last white guy wrote:
If these allegations are at least 35 years old, isn't the charge barred by the statutue of limitations?
When she left Wisconsin, the statute of limitations was suspended. It's a 2-year statute there...so that's how it could be re-opened.

She was my old principal. I was absolutely shocked by this. Such a kind woman... she was nothing but good to me. Celibacy rule needs to be re-examined.
themadtrader

Greenwood, IN

#29 Nov 12, 2007
last white guy wrote:
When I was in Catholic grade school, there were a few women teachers we would pray would touch us! After spending 7th grade trying to look up their skirts, having one bob the knob would have been every school boys dream. Then 30-40 years later, complain about it and run to the bank with a payoff check for the accusations. Seems fair to me! But to go back for abuse 60-80 times?? GET REAL GUYS!!
Obviously well versed in child abuse and well educated in the Catholic School system. Lots of kindness, understanding and empathy, too.
Catechist

Schaumburg, IL

#33 Nov 12, 2007
Dan ur dumb, there is no evil conspiracy within the church to create or hide child predators. God Bless, you need Jesus
Dan wrote:
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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...
Carl L

United States

#35 Nov 12, 2007
the thing I will never understand is why the church gets to decide if it should be reported or not. The law suit may be new but the charges clearly are not if she was "counseled in the 90's".

If I worked at any other job like teacher (public), librarian or doctor and my superiors did not report the alleged abuse then they would be guilty of a crime too. But since it is "The Church" we let them choose.

As a manager I am not allowed to decide if I should report sexual harassment or "handle it internally"... at least not if I want to keep my job.
Robert

Plainfield, IL

#36 Nov 12, 2007
Especially to Mike P

What was her name as a Sister of mercy??
Dan

Schaumburg, IL

#37 Nov 12, 2007
Catechist wrote:
Dan ur dumb, there is no evil conspiracy within the church to create or hide child predators. God Bless, you need Jesus
<quoted text>
Well thought out response Catechist! Brilliant in its argument!

Catholicism is a font of wisdom, fairness, and righteousness, right?

Catechitst, it is YOU who needs Jesus...I believe Jesus taught to love thy neighbor as thyself...you aren't being very loving to me!

Boo hoo...I am crying...Boo hoo.
JohnP

Tinley Park, IL

#38 Nov 12, 2007
Alot of people seem to think that the celebacy rule has something to do with the child sex abuse among the clergy. Think about it, if they just wanted to fool around, why didn't they just pay for it with an adult? What's the worst thing that could have happened? There is no real enforcement of the celebacy vow. It's not like a priest would go to prison for messing around with a consenting adult.
Jesus

Elgin, IL

#39 Nov 12, 2007
Catechist wrote:
Dan ur dumb, there is no evil conspiracy within the church to create or hide child predators. God Bless, you need Jesus
<quoted text>
Yes Dan does need Jesus, but Catechist is greatly deluded in thinking that the church does not hide child predators. So Catechist, would you like to confess something to me now? Your Lord and Savior, Jesus of Nazareth.
Traveler

Chicago, IL

#40 Nov 12, 2007
why is it that Jewish Rabbis are never accused of molesting kids? BECAUSE THEY ARE ALLOWED TO HAVE NORMAL FAMILY LIVES.
Jim

Buffalo Grove, IL

#41 Nov 12, 2007
Philip wrote:
This women should be treated the same as her male counterparts who commited similar crimes against our children.
Well, if the precedent set by the prosecution of that McCormick guy, she'll get a slap on the wrist.

Somehow, sexual predators are given lesser sentences when they're "cut from the cloth."
HGL

Chicago, IL

#43 Nov 12, 2007
bill p wrote:
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!
Please remember that being a pedophile and being a lesbian are two different things. A lesbian is attracted to adult women, not young girls.
Dust Storm

Benton Harbor, MI

#45 Nov 12, 2007
Traveler wrote:
why is it that Jewish Rabbis are never accused of molesting kids? BECAUSE THEY ARE ALLOWED TO HAVE NORMAL FAMILY LIVES.
Yawn..Try googling rabbis who molest children. Molestation in the schools, Insurance company stats on molestation by ministers. etc. Its pathetic that it ever happens and is more pathetic that more people dont know because the Catholic Church is being set up as the fall guy with special investigations, However Protestant Churches and Teachers who are married have higher rates of abuse. Profilers will tell you that female offendors are usually very beautiful. Do a little research you wont like what you see.
Kathyb

Shelby, NC

#47 Nov 12, 2007
To Robert from Bellwood....She was called Sister Norma when I knew her back in the 70's.
Just the beginning

United States

#48 Nov 12, 2007
When a person is denied a normal sex life, an abnormal or in this case perverted sex life will emerge. There are more nuns out there that sexually abused children or young adults.
Let's clean-up our beloved church once and for all.
bill p

Pittsburgh, PA

#49 Nov 12, 2007
Say'Traveler", about the Jewish Rabbi thing, did you forget the rabbi they caught on "To Catch a Predator with Chris Hansen on Dateline NBC. Oh he wasn't kosher?
MIke P 89128

Rowland Heights, CA

#50 Nov 12, 2007
Robert,Bellwood:don't remember,my cousins told me about her last year,and at the time gave me her religious name,didn't remember her.Probably the reason I can't remember it now.They went to another Sisters of Mercy school-St.Lucy's-now closed and combined with St Catherine's.
Paul

Green Valley, AZ

#51 Nov 12, 2007
The Catholic church has outlived it's usefulness and should be shut down.
Your local media

Chicago, IL

#52 Nov 12, 2007
I hate to admit this but I found this story kind of humorous. Catholics are one sexually mucked-up bunch, just a parody of themselves.
randy wells

United States

#54 Nov 12, 2007
A big difference between the catholic church and protestant churches. Protestants have the offenders prosecuted.
Dust Storm

Benton Harbor, MI

#55 Nov 12, 2007
randy wells wrote:
A big difference between the catholic church and protestant churches. Protestants have the offenders prosecuted.
You know the biggest tragedy in your comment is you believe it like others on another protestant witch hunt. Didnt you burn enough people and lynch enough slaves? Thus the abuse continues. YOU ARROGANT IMBECILE you cant take the REDWOOD Tree out of your eye to see that this all needs to be gotten rid of everywhere. Only denial, stupidity, lack of compassion, and ignorance allows this to continue. A simple google search will reveal the truth. Schools, churches, youth groups all quietly let someone go for them to do it again. At least the RCC made attempts in most cases to psychologically counsel which is an obvious failure in secular and religious circles. But live in denial you self-righteousness will only lead to more of the same.

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